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After I had lived some months with Dutton, I began to urge him to mix with other
people and suggested that he should come with me one evening to the tennis
courts. At first he refused, but I saw that he was rather anxious to do so, and that
fear alone prevented him. Eventually he decided to come with me and play tennis
, and so one evening, fitted out with tennis shoes and a racket, Dutton appeared,
to the astonishment of the habituds, on the courts. Among the habituds or
I think that my state of mind is honestly and accurately described in the following
letter which I wrote to Lytton about a month after I arrived in Hambantota: 2nd Oct.
, 1908 Hambantota Ceylon I have often been on the point of writing in the last
months and never quite reached it, perhaps because I knew that it would never
be the time until you did. Sometimes too I thought of that astonishing letter of
Ainsworth, do you remember it ? the one I mean which dropped on you after an
interval of ...
It took me six months to get 44 people to agree to my decision as to who should
be the owner of 44 lots and to my assessment of what each should pay to the
interpreter for his lot. They then actually, to my astonished relief, deposited Rs. 5,
05 1 to be drawn by the interpreter when the deeds were executed. Then other
difficulties arose involving more enquiries and negotiations, and it was another
six months before all the parties met in my presence and the deeds were signed
and the ...
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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