Thursday, 19 September 2013

Life and Death (Yifitsin Print)

Yifitsin Print, the local Independent Book Shop, has not yet appeared in these pages, perhaps because the owner (Samuel Quinine) is quite reticent. Nevertheless it is one of the jewels of Hove. Today Sister Ethel is visiting, and has found a copy of the  autobiography of Haim “El Mu’allim” (المعلم  lit. “The Teacher”) the de facto ruler of Acre who built the fortifications and in 1799 saved his city from Napoleon’s seige.  Ethel buys the book to read to the ailing Sister Missikin. Sadly when she returns to the convent it is too late and Sister Missikin has breathed her last.

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