By E. M. Forster
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Instead of weighing Ronny and herself and coming to a reasoned conclusion about marriage, she had incidentally, in the course of a talk about mangoes, remarked to mixed company that she didn't mean to stop in India. Which meant that she wouldn't marry Ronny: but what a way to announce it, what a way for a civilized girl to behave! She owed him an explanation, but unfortunately there was nothing to explain. The "thorough talk" so dear to her principles and temperament had been postponed until too late.
Look at those flies, brother;" and he pointed to the horrible mass that hung from the ceiling. The nucleus was a wire which had been inserted as homage to electricity. Electricity had paid no attention and a colony of eye-flies had come instead and blackened the coils with their bodies. " "To drive them elsewhere," said Hassan, after painful thought. " "You must make some arrangement against flies; that is why you are my servant," said Aziz gently. Hassan would call the little boy to borrow the stepladder from Mehmood Ali's house; he would order the cook to light the Primus stove and heat water; he would personally ascend the steps with a bucket in his arms and dip the end of the coil into it.
He grew more and more voluble. " Undeterred by the expletive, the old man swept on. His tongue had been loosed and his mind had several points to make. He wanted to endorse Miss Quested's remark that big people are not interesting, because he was bigger himself than many an independent chief; at the same time, he must neither remind nor inform her that he was big, lest she felt she had committed a discourtesy. This was the groundwork of his oration; worked in with it was his gratitude to Miss Derek for the lift, his willingness to hold a repulsive dog in his arms and his general regret for the trouble he had caused the human race during the evening.
A Passage to India (Abinger Edition of E.M. Forster) by E. M. Forster