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It is full of trees and changing leaves, and therefore completely unlike the open
scrub jungle of the great treeless stretches of sand which in the south you often
find alternating with thick jungle. But it is also quite different from the brilliant
luxuriant fountains of tree and shrub in which the villages lie in the Kandyan hills
and from the parklike luxuriance of places like Anuradhapura. Travelling through
it by road, all you see is the two unending solid walls of trees and undergrowth on
Darkness began to fall and soon I had completely lost my way. The sandy track in
the wilderness of sand was quite invisible and there were no villages and no
inhabitants. All I could do was to look at the stars and ride south and trust to luck.
My horse then performed one of those curious feats of instinct which always
astonish me. He suddenly insisted upon going off at a right angle from the
direction in which I was riding him. As I had no idea where I was and he seemed
to know where ...
The evening was warm and fine; the world about us was completely empty
except for the darkening sky above our heads and the unending road beneath
our feet. Abdul Rahman was not a good walker and the Salt Superintendent, a
large Malay, showed signs of wilting. At the second milestone I stopped and said:
"Now, Abdul Rahman, will you take Rs. I- 80?" and when he shook his head, I
said: "I am going to walk on to Tissa which, if we go on at this pace, we shall
reach about two ...
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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