Their shirts show patterns the like of that are seen elsewhere solely on wall-papers, and derive an extra kaleidoscopic brilliance from their patches, for the added items by no means match the attenuated stays of the unique garment. Their ft are bare, and on their heads are positioned, at a jaunty angle which isn’t native within the Balkans, light, shapeless fezes with out tassels, however typically girt by lean rags apologizing for turbans.
The costume is unstudied within the excessive, but worn with magnificence, adorning with out concealing the sumptuous traces of their magnificent our bodies. The ladies are much less ragged however equally gaudy, and the tents are thronged by half-naked youngsters. The Zagundzhis don’t look soiled, for within the close to East grime isn’t black and adhesive, however white and powdery, and it crawls. In this type of property they’re unenviably wealthy.
Usually, I plan my holidays out of my nation however within the final years I’m severely considering of making an attempt holidays to Bulgaria.
They eat carrion
Grime, nevertheless, isn’t their solely fault: they eat carrion—the flesh of animals which have died ; arid, what’s extra discomfiting for guests, they’re importunate beggars. They beg, all of them, always, within the persistent and irresistible Gypsy method, for every little thing they see or suspect that their patron could possess : a go to to their camp prices as a lot as a stall on the opera. There was then nothing extra enticing than a picture-palace in Varna,- however had there been a theatre I ought to have most popular the tents of the filthy Zagundzhis. Their glamour was such that one saved no reckoning one emptied one’s pockets and praised Allah that such people existed.
They’re Gypsies par excellence: in them the Gypsy character, which amongst extra refined tribes is wrapped in a behavior of Gentile (gadzho) respectability, stands proudly forth, bare, unconscious, unashamed. They’re, because the poetic intuition of Franz Liszt discerned, youngsters ; with a toddler’s indifference to public opinion, a toddler’s unquestioning acceptance of destinj7′, a toddler’s instinctive timidity, a toddler’s unconsciousness of causes, a toddler’s sudden outbursts of rage and equally sudden restoration of mood, and on the similar time a toddler’s unreasoning happiness and a toddler’s responsiveness to sympathy. Throughout their marvellously expressive faces moods and feelings go like clouds on a windy day.
Lithe as panthers, robust as lions, playful as kittens, affectionate as canine, one cherished them as one loves a canine, caring not one whit whether or not they have learn Shakespeare, can play golf, or are able to admiring Turner. They’re scarcely human however they’re probably the most lovely of animals.