Character Notes and Sketches.
write any more.' 4 Why ? ' 4 You give everything to the girls and nothing to usawe wear jackets, and should like some buttons ; but those girls get all. Never mind, when you want any one to paddle to Si Munggang, you may ask the girls. When you want the grass cutting, ask the girls ; they can paddle, they can make roads, they can cut babbas. The girls are clever, they can do everything.' I sat a long time laughing and let them go on talking, and then I asked quietly, 4 Do the girls come up here to eat ? Do the girls get kerchiefs for their heads? You young monkeys, if you don't stop your nonsense, I'll get my scourge and flog you.' Off they scampered, but soon came back." (Miss. Life 1864, pp. 651-652.) Mr. Crossland also records the following : " The scene presented by two boys who had had the small-pox and not seen each other for a month, when they met in my house, was most amusing. One cf them had been in the house some time, and on seeing the other coming up, I saw him covering his face. The new comer was equally shy. At last they seemed to summon up courage, and after many side looks they faced round, and burst out laughing. ' Oh,' said the elder, 4 we are alike marked.' 'Yes,' replied the younger, 'it cannot be helped.'" (Gosp. Miss. Nov. 1871, p. 163.)
While waiting on one of the expeditions against the chief Rentap, a fine handsome young Dyak (? Saribus) approached the Rajah, " clad in his chawat and a long flowing garment, with ornamented head-dress, and his long sword dangling by his side. This I knew immediately to be Loyioh, our enemy of yesterday, and friend of to-day. He looked anything but like a conquered man ; nevertheless his manner was respectful and upright. He carried himself as a warrior chief of the feudal period, standing as straight as a lath, and spoke as if he were receiving a friend or visitor at the threshold of his father's domains. We talked for some short time, and I thanked heaven I was able to confront him with as active and unfatigued an exterior as himself, although I must confess not so picturesque a one. We then shook hands in brotherly affection, and he glided away, promising to come and assist in getting the gun up. He embraced three or four Malays on the path, in recollection of boyish days spent together in hunting, deer-snaring, and farming. Loyioh is not, however, a brave man, although a showy one. His ' cart-horse ' brother, Nanang, possesses a braver and truer disposition, which has been corrupted by others. But now we trust to him alone to bring about a friendship between us and them." (Brooke ii. 145.)
The manners of the men (Sibuyaus) "are somewhat reserved, but frank ; whilst the women appeared more cheerful, and more inclined to laugh and joke at our peculiarities. Although the first Europeans they had ever seen, we were by no means annoyed by their curiosity ; and their honesty is to be praised ; for, though opportunities were not wanting, they never on any occasion attempted to pilfer any thing." (Sir Jas. Brooke : Keppel i. 57.)
On a hunting excursion not far from the Lingga Sir Chas. Brooke " was surprised to find what little notice the inmates took of our colour and appearance. It was the first time they had ever seen a white man, yet they were not shy nor obtrusive, behaving with an easy manner of politeness, offering us food and the few refreshments they possessed." (i. 95.)