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planters lived on their dreary tea estates and they enjoyed superficially complete social equality with the civil servants . They belonged to the same clubs , played tennis together , and occasionally intermarried .
Here I had my first plunge into the social life of a Ceylon civil servant , a life in which I was to be immersed for over six years , but which always retained for me a tinge of theatrical unreality . There was Vigors , the Government ...
A social analysis of the service in my time would , I think , have revealed the curious fact that , if you were thought to be not much of a " good fellow " ur not much of a “ gentleman ” , this was considered by the Colonial Secretary ...
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Playing tennis with starched whites with the other English administrators and then chatting over G and Ts in the tropical warm of the evening in an old Dutch fort on the north-east coast of Sri Lanka ... Read full review
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In the feudal society of Ceylon "I felt that there was some depth of happiness rather than pleasure, of satisfaction, . . . which the western world is losing or has lost." (p 158) Judgments such as ... Read full review