chapter  13
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Chapter Thirteen

As against this seclusion and shyness among the Sinai women, the Western Desert provides a pleasant change. Women there do not wear the permanent veil, nor the string of coins, but leave the black crepe headpiece loose, so that it can be pulled across the face in the presence of strange men. A woman in her own tent, or drawing water at the well among her own kith and kin, would not dream of veiling herself; and it is a cheerful sight to see a group of women and girls pulling cheerfully on the rope at the well mouth, exchanging jokes and playful banter with their men-folk watering the camels.