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Examples of Elephant-leg
We take possession of nations, not by thunder of war, but by clatter of dinner-plates.
And, like the Pharisee in the Testament, we thank God we are not as others are.
The Desert-Born, we say, should be happy and grateful to see such sights, and not demand so much "backsheesh.
The same thing occurs in Egypt; we are frequently astounded at what we call "the impertinence of these foreigners," i.e. the natives.
So at least thought Sir Chetwynd Lyle, a stout gentleman of coarse build and coarser physiognomy, as he sat in a deep arm-chair in the great hall or lounge of the Gezireh Palace Hotel, smoking after dinner in the company of two or three acquaintances with whom he had fraternized during his stay in Cairo.