At each visits I had related to the household of Petrika and Totana, his third spouse, whom he had married about six months earlier than. Petrika was a sedate man at the very least fifty years previous, with a moustache however no beard, and a protracted, straight, although considerably fleshy nostril. He had had youngsters by his two earlier wives, and 4 of them have been within the camp : Stano, along with his spouse Tudora and boy Kirtsho; Turi, along with his
spouse and little one; Kira, then not too long ago married to Bistem, who was a refined-looking youth of seventeen, son of Totana by her late husband Ilia; and an single woman, Bada. To mark their Christianity the boys wore sheepskin Jcalpaks as a substitute of fezes and turbans, however their garments have been in any other case related, with some minor variations of braiding, to my disguise, although Turi’s zabuna was product of darkish crimson velvet, and his jacket (thalik) had a fur lining. Turi was a sturdy younger fellow of a nice if unenergetic temperament, and never good-looking. He had a fairly however shy little woman, Busa, the one one in all his 4 youngsters who had lived, and his spouse Gina was a really darkish girl, good-looking and industrious. The better a part of the family work fell to her share. Suitably dressed she would have been stunning, however, owing to her husband’s poverty, she had unbecoming garments; a heavy darkish woollen scarf.as an illustration, over her head as a substitute of a homosexual kerchief, and she or he went with out sneakers or stockings. She was, furthermore, remarkably silent: I don’t suppose we exchanged six sentences throughout the week I spent along with her folks; and she or he was nearly equally reserved in direction of her husband’s dad and mom.
She didn’t smoke within the presence of her father- in-law ; however when he was away, or so occupied as to be unlikely to note, she would take a cigarette from me, unroll it, borrow her mother- in-law’s little pipe, and revel in a whiff.
Not like Persians and Arabs, who’re happy with their family tree, the Gypsies resemble the Turks, who thus categorical their religion within the equality of all lessons of Ottomans, and the democratic Bulgarians, in having no surnames. As some compensation every Gypsy boasts two private names of his personal, one for house and the opposite for official use. Petrika was recognized to the police and different peculiar folks as Gyorgi, Totaua as Kostandina, Turi as Todor, and Bistem as Tanasi. When it’s essential to outline an individual extra precisely, the title of his or her father is added within the genitive case, as, for instance, Turi (son) of Petrika, and Totana (daughter) of Shudrila.