In 1766 Archbishop Constantius of Sinai found that the dwellers of towns were sociable, affable, sumptuous and hospitable, ready, quick-witted, fond of amusement, a little given to ostentation, fond of work, thrifty, and apt at business… But the peasants are sensual, lazy, rough, most difficult to guide even with the whip and threats, with no natural inclination of their own to good. The inhabitants of Carpas in the east are little better than savages. He contributes all this to ignorance and slavery. As for the women the softer sex is rich in the gifts of the Graces, and full of charm and beauty. …the women enjoy their ease and liberty, whence they are well-mannered and affable.
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