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In the former the woman is recognised by his and her families as his wife; almost
invariably she is openly taken to his house, and there is a procession and
feasting on the wedding day: in the latter the woman is never publicly recognised
as a ...
“No doubt the woman is fair. But if you desire her, is she not free to all to take?
Does she not wander, like a man, in the jungle? They say that even kings have
desired Rodiya women. If you desire her, it is not hard to take her. But there need
So your brother can leave the woman and marry from another village.'” “I do not
understand. I do not wish to marry from another village. And what offer of the
woman do you talk of P” “The woman came to the Mahatmaya while you were
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing
Set in colonial Ceylon, this novel is vivid and readable. While the author clearly illustrates a particular culture and time, that of a rural family in the "dry" forest area, where life is ... Read full review
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Dear me but this is a depressing book. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong for the main characters. Written from the point of view of impoverished, uneducated jungle dwellers in Sri Lanka by ... Read full review