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At last a peon or two arrived , and later some clerks . At first no one took any
notice of him . Then a peon came and asked him what he wanted . He told him
that he had come to make a complaint to the Assistant Agent . The peon said , “
The proctors and idlers smiled ; the peon and the interpreter told Babun to hold
his tongue . The judge got up and turned to leave the court . ' I am sorry , ' he said
, ' but the decision has been given . I treated you very leniently as a first offender ...
The peon had for the twentieth time that day told Silindu's story with inany
embellishments , and complained bitterly of his silence and stupidity . The others
sat round in the reeking atmosphere watching Silindu eat his rice by the dim light
of two ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
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