When these English damsels of gentic birth go askew, they go. Here is the story of a niece of William Pitt's, whose home environment proved too hampering and who at 33 -- sets out on her own career. Turkey, Egypt, Syria -- in the company of a young lover, who stays with her until she sends him about his business. She dresses in men's clothes -- she rides unveiled in streets where women do not appear publicly, she is utterly fearless, utterly unconventional, and considered so mad by the natives that she is reverenced by them. Penniless, virtually, she is yet able to live from hand to mouth. She is known as the ""Queen of Palmyra"" -- thorn in the side of a neighboring Emir.