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Arriving in the Orient
Unit : 15 | Lesson : 2

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Elizabeth spent thirty pounds on summer frocks and set sail immediately. The ship, heralded by rolling porpoises, ploughed across the Mediterranean and down the Canal into a sea of staring, enamel- like blue, then out into the green wastes of the Indian Ocean, where flocks of flying fish skimmed in terror from the approaching hull. At night the waters were phosphorescent, and the wash of the bow was like a moving arrowhead of green fire. Elizabeth ‘loved’ the life on board ship…

 

She was going to love India, she knew. She had formed quite a picture of India, from the other passenger’s conversation; she had even learned some of the more necessary Hindustani phrases, such as ‘idher ao’, ‘jaldi’, ‘sahiblog’, etc. In anticipation she tasted the agreeable atmosphere of Clubs, with punkahs flapping and barefooted white turbaned boys reverently salaaming; and maidans where bronze Englishmen with little clipped mustaches galloped to fro, whacking polo balls. It was almost as nice as being rich, the way people lived in India.

They sailed into Colombo through green glassy water, where turtles and black snakes floated basking. A fleet of sampans came reaching out to meet the ship, propelled by coal-black men with tips stained redder than blood by betel juice. They yelled and struggled round the gangway while the passengers descended. As Elizabeth and her friends came down, two sampan- wallahs, their prows nosing against the gangway, besought them with yells.

 

“Don’t you go with him, missie! Not with him! Bad wicked man he, not fit taking missie!”
“Don’t you listen him lies, missie! Nasty low fellow! Nasty low tricks him playing. Nasty native tricks!”
“Ha, ha! He is not native himself! Oh no! Him European man, white skin all same, missie, Ha ha!”
“Stop your bat, you two, or I’ll fetch one of you a kick,” Said the husband of Elizabeth’s friend he was a planter. They stepped into one of the sampans and were rowed towards the sun-bright quays. And the successful sampan-wallah tuned and discharged at his rival a mouthful of spittle which he must have been saving up for a very long time.

 

This was the Orient. Scents of coco-nut oil and sandalwood, cinnamon and turmeric, floated across the water on to Mount Lavinia where they bathed in a lukewarm sea that foamed like Coca-Cola. She came back to the ship in the evening, and they reached Rangoon a week later.
North of Mandalay the train, fuelled with wood, crawled at twelve miles an hour across a vast parched plain bounded at its remote edges by blue rings of hills. White egrets stood poised, motionless, like herons, and piles of drying chillis gleamed crimson in the sun. Sometimes a white pagoda rose from the plain like the breast of a supine giantess. The early tropic night settled down, and the train jolted on, slowly, stopping at little stations where barbaric yells sounded from the darkness. Half naked men with their long hair knotted behind their heads moved to and fro in torchlight, hideous as demons in Elizabeth’s eyes.

 

The train plunged into the forest, and unseen branches brushed against the windows, It was about nine o’clock when they reached Kyauktada, where Elizabeth’s uncle and aunt were waiting with Mr. Macgregor’s car, and with some servants carrying torches. Her aunt came forward and took Elizabeth’s shoulders in her delicate, saurian hands.
‘I suppose, you are our niece Elizabeth? We are so pleased to see you”, We are so pleased to see you”, she said and kissed her.
Mr. Lackersteen peered over his wife’s shoulder in the torchlight. He gave a half-whistle, exclaimed, ‘Well, I’ll be damned!” and then seized Elizabeth and kissed her, more warmly than he need have done, she thought. She had never seen either of them before.

 

 

Multiple Choice Questions:


Read the following text and fill in the blanks with suitable word from the box below. There are more words than needed. Make any grammatical change if necessary.





(a) They are inevitable
(b) If left uncontrolled, our life may be destroyed.
(c) This classification says that a person can be in conflicts with another person and even with own self.
(d) Thus, conflicts have an influential aspect in our daily life.
(e) There is no way out of conflicts.
(f) Again conflicts may occur among people belonging in a team or among different teams within an organization.
(g) That’s why, we should control our conflicts.
(h) Conflicts come so naturally that we eventually find us in them.
(i) But the more important thing is that our actions and decisions are widely affected by conflicts.
(j) So, researchers tend to classify conflicts in order to look through.