Six Years' Travels in Russia. by an English Lady [M.A.P. Smith].

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ...the foot and leg, from the toes to the knee, is universal throughout Russia Proper. Some use linen, others woollen; white is the prevailing colour, though black is by no means uncommon. In the winter, the serfs wear felt or leather boots over these bandages, and in summer a slipper made of bass--the bark of ...
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Overview

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 Excerpt: ...the foot and leg, from the toes to the knee, is universal throughout Russia Proper. Some use linen, others woollen; white is the prevailing colour, though black is by no means uncommon. In the winter, the serfs wear felt or leather boots over these bandages, and in summer a slipper made of bass--the bark of the linden tree--which is tied on with sandals warped round the leg. Now, one of the best reasons that can be adduced for continuing the use of this primitive arrangement is, that nearly every part of Russia is infested with mosquitoes, and the ankles and instep are choice pieces de resistance with these long-legged gourmands, who insert their fine hairlike proboscides through the coarsest stocking, while the many folds of the peasant's "leggins" most effectually protect their "understandings" from the attacks of these ever-prowling enemies. A second good reason for the use of this extraordinary covering--which has been so much ridiculed by strangers, as rags, &c.--is perhaps even more cogent. Both felt and leather boots, after a fortnight's wear, grow limp and soft, and the foot and leg begin to find that even in this space-loving country they have more than enough and to spare, and that at every step these overalls threaten to bid adieu to their owners by the way. Like the bit of paper rolled round the tiny digit of a child, to adapt her neighbour's larger thimble to her own smaller finger, so another roll of the bandage obviates the difficulty of the boot, and retains it snugly in its place for a time. I have seen an old pair of peasant-boots stretched out in this way until the owner might thave put both his feet into one of them. In his winter wraps a Russian moujic is a formidable-looking being, but notwithstanding his shaggy...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781289724641
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 9/30/2013
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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