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Peninsula, and then of the friends who have left and of the case which will rid the country of the few Italians who were unworthy the colony. He ended by showing me the archaeological collection, which will soon be taken over by the National Museum.
All those fragments interpreted by the historical Prince no longer seemed stone, but creatures arising from that far-away epoch.
As a remembrance I have his signed photograph; the signature is modest, almost timid.
On the same Sunday I went to the temple of Bovaranives, to admire two colossal Buddahs transported some years ago from Pitsanulok.
In the evening, together with many guests, I dined at the Dianas.
Friday, 5th January.
I am again writing you, a few hours before I leave.
Yesterday afternoon I went for a farewell drive with Bovo and Skarzynski. We went to the Chinese quarter of Sampan to see the Temple of the Crocodiles, where, in a stagnant pool, together with two enormous tortoises, vegetate two decrepid examples of the race. Leaving the place for more breathable air we went to the temple of Radshabopit, where are collected the ashes of the royal princes.
These temples are all green and well kept, and the yellow-robed priests lead lives of happiness in that atmosphere of serenity and peace.