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of making him unbearably conceited, as might well be the case, causes him to take his place in any society quite naturally with comfort to both himself and his neighbours, since he is not for ever mentally comparing his own position with that of others. Thus one may make an intimate friend of a Malay, may share the same hut with him for long periods at a time, and may talk to him of all things within his comprehension, without there being any risk of familiarity breeding contempt, or of the Malay taking advantage ctf his position to dig you in the ribs, or to call you by your Christian name. He respects himself far too much to dream of taking liberties, or to be otherwise than courteous and respectful towards those with whom he has to deal. And this, be it remembered, is a national characteristic ; for everything that I have said applies with equal force to the humblest Malay villager, and to the most courtly Native Chief. There are, of course, many lamentable instances of Malays who have been educated out of this self-respecting reserve, and who have become almost as offensive and familiar as a low-caste European, but the existence of these unfortunates must be placed to the credit of the White Men, whose presence has produced them, and not debited against the Malay, with whom they have nothing in common. Any way you look at them, these abnormal developments are a subject for tears.
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