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w6yr2-news ʱ: 2020-07-13 10:34:24

pkʰͶעƽ̨Oneofthesemausoleumsservedusforabungalow.Thedistancewasvisiblefromthewindowopenings,whichwerefringedwithcuscusblinds[Pg39]thatwouldbepulleddownatnight:thespreadingdarkplain,brokenbygleamingpools,anddottedwiththelampsinthetemplestoVishnu,ofwhichtheconeswerevisibleinsilhouette,cuttingtheclearhorizon.

Theywerecladincolourlessrags,mattedandgrizzledhairhungabouttheirpain-strickenfaces.Thewomanwasthemoredelicate,herbonessmallerandlessknottedthanthoseoftheman,whosejointsweregnarled,hisscraggykneesformingthickbossesofboneabovehisshins.TheythrewthemselveslikehungryanimalsonsomecookedgrainwhichAbibullabroughtoutforthem,andthen,withscaredlooksallround,theywentquicklyaway,asquicklyastheycouldwithhalting,wearyfeet,withoutevensayingthank-you.

Theoldpalaceofthekingsisnowyellow-ochre,coatedwithplasterandlime-washoverthesplendidantiquemarblewalls.[Pg110]

Inthemiddleofthestationgroupsofwomenandchildrensquattedontheflagstones,theirlittlebundlesaboutthemofredandwhiterags,andcopperpotslookinglikegold;ahuddledheapofmisery,inthisenormoushallofpalatialproportions,handsomelydecoratedwithsculpturedmarble.

AtMazagoon,oneofthesuburbsofBombay,beholdaParseewedding.

Intheevening,asIagainwentpasttheTowersofSilence,thepalmtreeswereoncemorecrowdedwithsleepingbirdsgorgedwithallthefoodsentthembytheplague.OntheothersideofBackBay,abovetheFieldofBurning,athickcolumnofsmokeroseup,redinthelastbeamsofthecrimsonsun.

Aftersunset,ineverygarden,oneveryhedge,wherevertherehadbeenascrapofshadeduringtheafternoon,therewasaperfectburstofflowers,openinginthecoolerairandscentingthenight.Roundonebungalowtherosetrees,overloadedwithflowers,hardlyhadaleaf,andinthegrass,violetandlavenderlarkspursgrewastallasmaizeplants.Yellowstarsgleamedinthetangleofcreepersovertheverandahs,andonatreethatlookedasifitweredeadblossomsglistenedinthemoonlightlikepolishedsteel.

Adistantnoiseoftom-tomsbigdrumsthumpingoutminimsinthebass,smallonesrattlingoutsemiquaversinveryshort,sharpnotes;andtothisaccompanimentcamethesharptrillofametalflute.Themusiccameneareratabriskpace,heraldedbytwotallbaggagecamels,araresightinBenares,wherethestreetsaresonarrowandstraight,andonlyfootpassengersaretobeseen.Thenfollowedsaddle-horses,ledbyhand,andalargenumberofmenonfoot,andafteranintervalthereappearedaband,atrociouslyoutoftune,immediatelyinfrontofapalankinhungwithashawlembroideredalloverinpalmsofdifferentshadesofgoldandbeads.Inthissatalittlebridegroomofeight,dressedinpaleyellowsatin,awreathofmarigoldsroundhisneck,andabovehisturbanacapmadeofjasmine,theendshangingallroundhisheadalittlebridegroom,eightyearsold,verysolemn,sittingcross-leggedwithahugebouquetinhishand,andfacinghimhistwolittlebrothersinwhitesilkandnecklacesofjasmine.

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