National Geographic : 1915 May
Photos byH.G.Dwight THE LATTICED WINDOWS OF TURKISH HOUSES IN CONSTANTINOPLE "The amusements of a Turkish lady we should consider rather mild. She is seldom intellectual; therefore herpleasures arenotintellectual. She is not athletic even in her youth. She plays no games, such as bridge, whist, or dominoes, althoughTurkish men arefond ofgames ofchance. She does not become absorbed in fancy work. . . . What, then, does she do? For the most part shesits. The Turkish verb tositisconstantly used where we should say stay or live or visit. For instance, to the question, 'Where are you living?' one gets theresponse, 'Iamsitting in Stamboul.' And this is literally true. All Oriental women occupy an enormous proportion of their time insitting. And when they sititisnot in the restless way that we have, but with the hands idly folded in the lap, in the perfect repose of asleeping cat,often forhours without even conversation." -From "Behind Turkish Lattices," by HESTER DONAILDSON JENKINS, Lippincott Company.