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everyone's work became easier. Five minutes after this, to me, eminently
satisfactory testimonial, I literally saved the head clerk's life. Half-way to Kandy
the train was drawing into a station, I suppose it was Ambepussa, and before it
had stopped he impetuously opened the carriage door in order to get out and buy
himself an orange or plantain. His foot slipped and he fell between the train and
the platform, or would have done if I had not caught him round the waist and held
him up until ...
... in the room in a circle round my table. The enquiry had dragged on all the
afternoon, because the witnesses and indeed the principals came from some
remote mountain village and were so overawed by the Kandy kachcheri that they
became practically speechless and what they had to say had to be dragged out
of them by me, the Ratemahatmaya, and the interpreter. As the day went on my
room in the Kandy kachcheri always became more and more hectic with an 128
I am essentially and fundamentally irreligious, as I have explained in Sowing, but,
if one must have a religion, Buddhism seems to me superior to all other religions.
When I got to Kandy, I had already passed my examination in Tamil and I now
had to take the Sinhalese examination. There is in the Maligawa a curious
octagonal building, called the Oriental Library, because it contains some Pali
texts; in my day the librarian was a Buddhist priest called Gunaratana. He
became my pundit ...
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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