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An Autobiography of the Years 1904-1911 Leonard Woolf. The Empress Eugenie
M&M above: The author with the Ratemahatmayas outside the Kandy.
The most exalted region into which I stepped, partly by an accident, but also
partly with Clifford, was that of an Empress, a real historical Empress or ex-
Empress. She was the Empress Eugenie of France. She was — strangely, I think
— a friend of Sir Thomas Lipton, who made his fortune out of tea, and early in 1
908 he lent her his yacht to go round the world in. She arrived in Ceylon in
February, and, as she had been born in 1826, she was then over 8 1 years old.
One day in March a ...
waiting stood on each side of the Empress. After a few minutes she rose and we
moved in slow procession into another room where tea and the other gentleman-
and lady-in-waiting awaited us. We all sat round the table and the Empress
talked or asked me questions. If you look her up in Petit Larousse, that monument
of lexicography, all you are told about her is "Cdlebre par sa beaut£, elle eut une
grande influence sur l'empereur, qu'elle poussa a de"fendre les inte>Sts
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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