To Philae in a felucca: This short and bright little experience … will be marked in your diary as a distinctly desirable item. It comes at the right moment, when you … begin to lose interest in the Dragoman’s [interpreter’s] oration, and the colour and ornaments of the temple [at Philae]… It is lunch time, and it is this felucca which will bear you to the rest house at Dam, where you know cool and comforting refreshments await you.