Anglo-India, Social, Moral, and Political: Society and manners. Tales and fictions

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W.H. Allen, 1838 - Anglo-Indian literature

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Page 35 - And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress
Page 46 - England has erected no churches, no hospitals, no palaces, no schools ; England has built no bridges, made no high roads, cut no navigations, dug out no reservoirs. Every other conqueror of every other description has left some monument, either of state or beneficence, behind him. Were we to be driven out of India this day, nothing would remain to tell that it had been possessed, during the inglorious period of our dominion, by any thing better than the ourang-outang or the tiger.
Page 141 - Where heavenly-pensive contemplation dwells, And ever-musing melancholy reigns, What means this tumult in a Vestal's veins? Why rove my thoughts beyond this last retreat?
Page 5 - Many have fifteen or twenty, and others forty or fifty each. Numbers procure a subsistence by this excessive polygamy: at their marriages, they obtain large presents, and as often as they visit these wives, they receive presents from the father; and thus, having married into forty or fifty families, a kooleenu goes from house to house, and is fed, clothed, 8tc.
Page 83 - Rammohun, it is well known, appeals to the Veds, the Koran, and the Bible, holding them all probably in equal estimation, extracting the good from each, and rejecting from all whatever he considers apocryphal. He has...
Page 84 - His followers, at least some of them, are not very consistent. Sheltering themselves under the shadow of his name, they indulge to licentiousness in everything forbidden in the Shastras, as meat and drink; while at the same time they fee the Brahmins, profess to disbelieve Hindooism, and never neglect to have poojahs at home".
Page 54 - Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, and of putting on of apparel : but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Page 70 - ... to strangle a victim himself, the priest, before all the gang assembled on a certain day, before they set out on their annual expeditions, presents him with the Romal, tells him how many of his family have signalized themselves by the use of it, how much his friends expect from his courage and conduct, and implores the goddess to vouchsafe her support to his laudable ambition and endeavours to distinguish himself in her service. The investiture with...
Page 7 - On making further inquiry into this subject, a friend, upon whose authority I can implicitly rely, assured me, that a very respectable and learned bramhun, who certainly was not willing to charge his countrymen with more vices than they possessed, told him, it was supposed, that a thousand of these abortions took place in Calcutta every month...
Page 62 - I strove with all the zeal of a new comer to root out the practice, but I soon discovered my mistake. The Mehtas, sent at my request, by the then regency, were either cajoled by false returns, or expelled from towns and villages, not only by the classes charged with the crime but by the other inhabitants whom long habit had taught to view the business with indifference if not absolute approbation.

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