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The sanyasi sits behind the little temple under a banian-tree. To-day, when the
sun sinks behind the trees of the jungle, take your brother to him and make
inquiry.' Punchirala got up and began walking away, followed by the obeisances
and profuse thanks of Karlinahami. The two women hurried back to the temple.
They found that the old man and the fisher and his wife had joined Silindu and
Babun. The whole party agreed that the only thing to do was to consult the
They found the sanyasi sitting with his back against the trunk of a tree with a
brass bowl by his side. He was unlike any sanyasi whom they had seen before.
He had a long black beard reaching below his waist, a big hooked nose, and little
twinkling black eyes. He wore a long white cotton robe, which was indescribably
dirty, and an enormous dirty white turban. As they approached him he unwound
the folds of his turban, and displayed his hair to the crowd which surrounded him.
He said, " I can do nothing ; take the man to the holy man who sits under the
banian-tree, and make inquiry of him." So we waited for the lucky hour, and have
brought him.' The interpreter talked in the strange tongue with the sanyasi, and
then said to Babun : ' The holy man says that the offering is too small.' ' Father, it
is all we have. We are very poor. Rain never falls upon our fields, and we have
no land. We pray him to help us.' There was another muttered conversation, and
then the ...
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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