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The following extracts from letters which I wrote to Lytton from Bandarawela in
January, 1906, recall the place and my mood in it: I was four days in Kandy and
three in Hatton, an immense empty hotel surrounded by an interminable series of
tea-covered hills, and now I have practically settled down for two weeks here.
You can't understand my mood — and I don't think I can give its tone to you at all
— without an idea of this country. It has enmeshed me together with my appalling
This temporary town was laid out in regular streets : Main Street, Tank Street,
New Street, New Moor Street. It was, I think, on February 15th that I sailed from
Jaffna to Marichchukaddi in an open native boat. It took me a day and a half to
reach Marichchukaddi. I lay on a mattress with the sun beating down upon me
during the day and the immense canopy of stars seemingly just above my head
at night. We had to sail first south-west round Mannar and through the little
islands of Adam's ...
To keep a fire going for 8 or 9 hours requires an immense amount of wood. I can
sleep anywhere and I slept on the ground close up to the fire, but every hour I
had to wake up and forage about for more wood. It was a wearisome business
and there was considerable danger from snakes as one fumbled about in semi-
darkness — there was no moon — for wood. I got so sick of it that at 3 o'clock in
the morning, having satisfied myself about the points of the compass from the
stars which I ...
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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