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(1931) [MARC] Author: Fridtjof Nansen Translator: Gerald C. Wheeler - Tema: Russia
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THROUGH THE CAUCASUS
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was undoubtedly another standpoint as regards
woman, which shows itself today, aniong other
ways, by the man going third class in the tram,
but letting the ladies of his family go in the first,
when the family means are small.
On the open space before the hotel a half-grown
bear was walking about fastened by a long chain.
It looked quiet, but at the same time it did not
seem advisable for a stranger to come too near ; ifhe
did, it would often suddenly run spluttering at him
as far as the chain would let it, and evidently with
no friendly intentions. Possibly this gives a picture
of the true feelings of the Caucasian mountain
peoples towards us Europeans. They certainly have
no reason to love us. It is the Europeans that have
conquered them and robbed them of freedom.
Passanaur seemed to be a thriving little town,
with its houses surrounded by nice gardens and
leafy trees. The post-station was roomy, with a
wide square behind it and long houses, with lofts
and upper rooms and all kinds of vehicles below.
The forest-clad mountains rose steeply at the sides
of the valley.

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