(49) Cheroots, women smokers [[230-232]]
[] It has been already explained that earthen pipes, such as those called Dutch pipes, are unknown in India; but that the hookah, kalean, and goorgoory, are in general use. The lowest classes of Europeans and of natives, and [] indeed, most of the officers of country-ships, smoke cheroots, exactly corresponding with the Spanish segar, though usually made rather more bulky. However fragrant the smokers themselves may consider cheroots, those who use hookahs hold them to be not only vulgar, but intolerable. Hence, sometimes a whole company has been driven away by some unlucky visitor who, either from ignorance or from disregard to the feelings of the more delicate, mounts his cheroot; thus abrogating in a trice all distinctions of musk, cinnamon, rose-water, &c.
The natives smoke cheroots without any precaution whatever to guard the lips and teeth from the highly acidulated fumes derived from the burning tobacco. Yet when, as sometimes has been the case, cheroots were brought into fashion, though but for a while, it was found expedient to use small silver or earthen sockets to receive the end of the cheroot; thereby avoiding contact with the tobacco.
The natives, whether male or female, never use any dentifrice, nor have they any idea of hair-brushes [=toothbrushes made of bristles]; which could not, indeed, according to their tenets, be admitted within the mouth. The only apparatus employed for cleaning teeth is a short piece of stick, commonly the branch of some bush, pulled at the moment for the occasion. This is either beat or chewed for a short time, till the fibres, for about half an inch at the end, separate, and form a kind of stiff brush, called dauntwun, which is applied at right angles to the teeth. This is not a very delicate implement, but when aided by a plentiful supply of water, answers tolerably well; though it certainly can never prevent the accumulation of tartar within the teeth.
The ladies of Hindoostan smoke their goorgoories in
as do those of inferior rank, with no less glee, their nereauls,
or cocoa-nuts. It would, perhaps, be difficult [] to decide which
of the sexes are most addicted to this habit. They both begin at a very
early age, and never appear so happy as when engaged in its practice.
a while, the observer becomes reconciled to the sight of females
though, however delicate may be the preparation of the tobacco, and
elegant the apparatus, still when we see an European lady thus
a certain idea, not very conformable to feminine propriety, possesses