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He came to me one day and asked me whether I knew the Misses Robinson. I
only just knew them. They were the daughters of a planter, and Mrs. Robinson
had taken a house in Kandy for a month or two and was living in it with her two
daughters, Ethel aged 22 and Rachel aged 1 9. The two girls had a passion for
riding and had brought their horses with them. Smith, who was 28, was extremely
good-looking, intelligent, charming, but given to fits of moodiness, silence, and
Engelbrecht was the only one of them who refused to take the oath, on the not
illogical ground that he knew who the king was and what he was like, but he
knew nothing about his successors. Nothing would move him, for he was, as I
found, one of the most obstinate men in the world (and also a very stupid man).
So the Government sent him down to Hambantota on a miserable allowance to
live in a disused prison, the idea being that he would find life so hard and dreary
that he would ...
Just before I left Hambantota an incident occurred which proved — what I knew
only too well — that one never knew what might not happen and that, even in the
quietest place, peace was precarious. There was very little crime in Hambantota
town and the police force consisted, as I have said, of one Police Sergeant.
During my three years there the various races and religions had lived amicably
side by side. But a night or two before I left, when I was taking my dogs for a stroll
near my ...
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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
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This is the second book Leonard Woolf wrote of his life. He is a graceful author, and a sensitive man. Good look into an aristocratic young britisher and his growing up. Read full review