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From there northwards the line was under construction, the only section so far
opened being the few miles from Jaffna to Elephant Pass through the peninsula.
The only way to travel the hundred odd miles from Anuradhapura to Elephant
Pass was to use what was called the mail coach. The mail coach was the
pseudonym of an ordinary large bullock cart in which the mail bags lay on the
floor and the passengers lay on the mail bags. I had to spend the night at
Anuradhapura, and I 23 ...
I left Anuradhapura at 9 o'clock in the evening of Tuesday, January 3rd, and the
bullock cart with its broken and battered passengers arrived at Elephant Pass at
9 o'clock in the morning of Thursday, January 5th. The town of Jaffna, for which I
was bound, was the capital and administrative centre of the Northern Province. It
stood upon a peninsula — the Jaffna peninsula — which is connected with the
mainland of Ceylon by a narrow causeway, Elephant Pass. As we approached .
From Elephant Pass I took the train to Jaffna. The journey from Anuradhapura, 12
i\ miles, had taken me 40 hours, as I find from a letter which I wrote to Lytton
Strachey on the day of my arrival. Today one does the journey easily in four
hours. The difference is not unimportant. Up in one's brain and deep down in
one's heart and one's belly, the quality of one's life is very much affected by its
tempo; the tempo of living is itself enormously affected by the tempo of ordinary
transport, the ...
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