We will now refer to the book of Myriam Harry in its French version. I was obliged to translate from the originalFrench version despite that both a Hebrew and English translations do exist. The Hebrew translation was done in 1935in a poetic style without adhering to the original technical details. The English version likewise omits detaileddescriptions which are of importance to this research.The following citations are referred to according to the page and chapter numbering of the French version of
“LaPetite Fille de Jerusalem” and are listed
by order of relevance.Page 88, chapter 7
The front of the shop , decorated in European style, with its signs , showcases and itsimposing entrance facing Christian Street being the busiest and most cosmopolitan streetduring the pilgrimage period. On the other hand, the back premises, with their archaicarchitecture, their Moucharabys, their recessed windows hanging over an old water poolcovered with mildew and dozing its peaceful sleep from year to year.They say that it is a pool of thousands of years, Bathsheba's Pool, in which Uriah's beautifulwife , the army officer, was bathing herself while King David watched her from the topof his tower.
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father never bothered to serve others than distinguished tourists or American millionaires. He always sat atthe farthest end of this large room, at a table in an alcove, which was lighted by a Moucharaby overlookingBathsheba's Pool.
Behind the simple corridor of Herr Alfred's were the back arches. ... A greenish light filtered through the barredwindows.
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She (a beautiful lady client) purchased a small prayer book, and was on the point of leavingthe shop, when she caught sight of the pool. With a cry of delight she ran towards thehanging cage ( the Moucharaby) , "it reminds me of Venice, like a dream, or more preciselyof Benares (Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges)
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He (her father) left the other clients. He existed only for her… He showed her the rare parchment manuscripts …and at the
end of the back arches (he showed her) the small
Page 89 chapter 7Siona loved very much her father's shop. From afar, when she turned from David Street(towards Christian Street) she looked up with pride at the large signboard settransversely above the five-fold cross of Jerusalem and embellished with gold letterson a white background. At the top , the little girl knew to read her father's name
bookseller and antiquarian," whilst at the foot of the cross was the title of which she wasextremely proud: "Correspondent to the British Museum."Page 91 chapter 7Three high stone steps, with a low reinforced door, led to yet another place, in the direction of the real kingdom of Siona,. It was - how should it be described?- it was , a medley of various picturesque things, ruins of an ancient harem , a platform, a neglected garden, two