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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 either side of you. The green
walls are high enough to prevent the slightest eddy of wind stirring the hot air.
The jungle is almost always completely silent. All the way up to Elephant Pass I
saw hardly ...
But I was never a full-time Police Magistrate and only acted occasionally as
Superintendent of Police, and one soon found, as I said above, that it was
extremely difficult to prevent effectively the primitive and illegal methods of the
police and headmen in dealing with crime. I am all and always upon the side of
law and order, and my time in Ceylon, where I was on the Government side of the
fence, strengthened me in this attitude, simply because without law and order,
strictly enforced, ...
plained that the barber in the bazaar (and he was apparently the only barber in
Walasmulla), after shaving one side of his face, had refused to shave the other
unless paid 50 cents. The correct price of a shave in Walasmulla was 5 cents. I
sent for the barber and he appeared accompanied by some hundreds of
spectators. After enquiry, I told the barber that he must complete the shave and
he would be paid nothing, but if he cut the old man, he would have to pay him 50
cents. The old ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Jenney - LibraryThing
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