preen, plume, pride.
He began to forget his sufferings and those of his wife; and even to felicitate
himself secretly on the turn that chance had given to her situation.
Believe me, I felicitate
myself on the misunderstanding which has procured me the pleasure of your company for so long; and let me express a hope that we may meet again upon a more regular footing.
And the host omitted no formula of politeness that had ever been used by a son of the Arabs to felicitate
and set at ease an honoured guest.