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Eventually I landed myself in the bungalow of the Police Magistrate, Dutton.
Dutton's character and career were odd and I propose to interrupt the narrative of
my own life in order to pursue that of Dutton's in so far as I was able to observe it.
Dutton was not a pukka Sahib and was not accepted as such by the pukka
Sahibs of Jaffna. To begin with he was" not a public school boy and had not been
to a university. We were, of course, not all in so high a social category as that, but
most of ...
After I had lived some months with Dutton, I began to urge him to mix with other
people and suggested that he should come with me one evening to the tennis
courts. At first he refused, but I saw that he was rather anxious to do so, and that
fear alone prevented him. Eventually he decided to come with me and play tennis
, and so one evening, fitted out with tennis shoes and a racket, Dutton appeared,
to the astonishment of the habituds, on the courts. Among the habituds or
perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Miss Beeching would marry Dutton
. I like, as I have said before, the beauty, solitude, melancholy of great empty
sandy plains, but just as when you see two human beings outlined against their
flaming sunset, they contrive to make you see the human beings as two manikins,
so too they tend to induce in me a feeling of impotence, the dwarfing and
dooming of everything human in the enor- v mous unpitying universe. I was
depressed that ...
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