Friday, October 09, 2015

I also know that there is a capital some where near the middle of the island, the name of which begins with an 'Ant,' and ends with a 'rivo' #QotD

2015.10.07-DSC04331Unfortunately, I know uncommonly little about this island — not that my geographical education has been neglected, but the class-books I have used did not give much information about Madagascar. I know, however, that the Mozambique Channel, which divides us from Africa, is a little too wide to swim. I also know that there is a capital some where near the middle of the island, the name of which begins with an 'Ant,' and ends with a 'rivo'. There are some syllables between, I believe, but how many, is more than I can tell. There's a government in it, however, and a queen, and some Christian missionaries. Now, it strikes me that where there's a government, a queen, and Christian missionaries, there must be more or less of civilisation and safety, so I would advise that we make straight for the capital. (p. 28)

From The Fugitives; or, The Tyrant Queen of Madagascar by R. M. Ballantyne (1887).

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