Tunis are the Gates of the Orient, old and new. The rich wares of the East found their way into the Mediterranean in the galleys of Carthage, the Venice of antiquity ;and though her great seaport, the Lake of Tunis, is no longer seething with the commerce of the world, you have only to pass through Tunis sold sea-gate to find yourself surrounded by the people of the Bible, the Arabian Nights, and the Alhambra of the days of the Moors. Carthage was the gate of Eastern commerce, Tunis is the gate of Eastern life. Tunis is the most perfect Eastern city within easy reach of England. It is as Arab as Shanghai is Chinese. Both have a European city by the port, and both have a walled native city swarming with Orientals almost unconscious of the existence of Europe. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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