The Saya is growing to be an old man now, and the things of the spirit are increasingly with him. One can see the change in his eyes, in the gentle inflexion of his voice, and in the subdued tones of the silken skirt he wears when he goes abroad. Fame has come to him in her devious way. She has brought
him framed diplomas from exhibitions in Calcutta and Rangoon, which he hangs upon his walls. He is ready, he says, to take any orders the thakin may be pleased to give him. His wife, a practical soul, is more direct.
4 What," she inquires, the betel trickling at her lips, "has His Worship come to buy?"
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