Morning-After Gossip in the Harem

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Morning Gossip

Morning gossip in the harem - engraving

Supposedly, talking amongst ourselves about what took place in the bedchamber between the Master and his night companions was forbidden. Fortunately, the girls ignored this rule, and my journal writing benefited greatly from these morning discussions. They often discussed and compared the most intimate details of encounters and it took me a while to grasp the meaning of words used to describe various goings on. Phrases such as, “lady position”, “moist embrace”, “making the sword dance”, “lazy man”, each had a special meaning and were new to me.