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However much they liked their work and, up to a point, the people of Ceylon, as
they walked into their office in the morning there was below the surface of their
minds, when they passed through the crowd on the verandah, a feeling of
irritation and contempt. I too, like everyone else, was at first irritated and
contemptuous. But gradually these feelings, when I was left by myself in the
kachcheri to deal with the people and their business, began to evaporate and in
the end, I think, they died ...
The Duttons and I dined together, and after dinner we sat on the verandah with
the Indian Ocean a few yards from our- toes and talked. The conversation was
curious, uneasy, and I felt — I could not say why — that every now and then it
became tense and sinister. It was partly that the cosmic surroundings of the
Tangalla Rest House once more, as"" upon the Jaffna plain, made the Duttons —
and of course myself — appear to me minute, helpless, infinitely insignificant,
almost tragically ...
In both cases the G.A. was directed to call upon me for an explanation. The first
case arose from an order which I had posted in the verandah of the kachcheri.
The amount of spitting which went on in the verandah was extremely unpleasant.
The notice said that spitting on the verandah was forbidden and the peons were
ordered to turn out anyone who spat. One day one of my own clerks spat and I
told him to clean the spot. "He refused", I wrote at the time, "but, when he saw I
meant it, ...
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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