Rural Life in Bengal: Illustrative of Anglo-Indian Suburban Life ... Letters from an Artist in India to His Sisters in England ...

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W. Thacker & Company, 1860 - 203 Seiten
 

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Seite 158 - I SHALL not ask Jean Jacques Rousseau,* If birds confabulate or no ; 'Tis clear, that they were always able To hold discourse, at least in fable...
Seite 76 - Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
Seite 83 - Behar, and I found the natives residing in the neighbourhood of indigo plantations evidently better clothed and better conditioned than those who lived at a distance from such stations. There may be some partial injury done by the indigo planters ; but, on the whole, they have performed more good to the generality of the natives of this country than any other class of Europeans, whether in or out of the service.
Seite 84 - ... the individual instances of misconduct appear under the most aggravated colours ; but the numerous nameless acts, by which the prudent and orderly, while quietly pursuing their own interests, have contributed to the national wealth, and to the comfort of those around them, are unnoticed or unknown. I am assured that much of the agricultural improvement which many of our districts exhibit may be directly traced to the indigo planters therein settled ; and that as a general truth it may be stated...
Seite 66 - Not a child can be born, not a head religiously shaved, not a son married, not a daughter given in marriage, not even one of the tyrannical fraternity dies, without an immediate visitation of calamity upon the Ryot Whether the occasion be joyful or sad in its effects, it is, to the cultivator, alike mournful and calamitous.
Seite 83 - Europeans have considerably benefited the country and the community at large; the zamindars becoming wealthy and prosperous, the ryots materially improved in their condition and possessing many more comforts than the generality of my countrymen where indigo cultivation and manufacture is not carried on; the value of land in the vicinity to be considerably enhanced and cultivation rapidly progressing.
Seite 84 - But under all the above circumstances of disadvantage, the result of my inquiries is, a firm persuasion (contrary to the conclusions I had previously been disposed to draw) that the occasional misconduct of the planters is as nothing when contrasted with the sum of good they have diffused around them. In this as in other cases, the exceptions have so attracted attention, as to be mistaken for a fair index of the general course of things. Breaches of the peace being necessarily brought to public notice,...
Seite 164 - If the scheme of teaching be throughout one of dull, dry, plodding, monotonous mechanism — acting on head and heart with all the force of a congealing efficacy — the scheme of discipline may be truly characterised as throughout a reign of terror. Kindness, patience, generosity, love — all are alike unknown here. Fear is the first and last and only motive brought into play ; punishment the first and last and only stimulant.
Seite 155 - The wedding ceremonies exhibit the manners of a people exceedingly fond of display ...The chief anxiety of a Hindu is not to acquire daily food for his family, but to pay off the extraordinary expenses incurred at the call of ridiculous custom or superstition. Though thousands of rupees may have been expended upon it, not a vestige remains after marriage by which the married pair may be more wealthy or more happy : the whole sum evaporates in show, noise, and smoke, or is squandered away in the entertainment...
Seite 81 - ... Some years ago, when indigo was not so generally manufactured, one of my estates, where there was no cultivation of indigo, did not yield a sufficient income to pay the government assessment ; but within a few years, by the introduction of indigo, there is now not a...

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