^ In Mandalay
effort than some field-flower, when it opens to the sky above it.
There is a party of nuns behind her, wrinkled and small and old. They tell their beads, and wag their toothless jaws, and come and go with the large red-lacquered trays and water-bottles, which are as much a part of them as the begging-bowrls and palmyra fans are of the male fraternity.
A group of Chinese Shans, in strange headdress and long coats, cling together here, as do all provincials on a visit to the capital. A mother sits nursing her babe; small urchins lie about, with 110 idea of worship ; monks in flowing robes pick their way through the prostrate crowd ; young fellows in silks swagger about ; stall-holders take their ease under signboards of fantastic design, wholly unconscious of any impropriety, and keen spectators of the moving drama that unfolds before them from dawrn to dark. Few occupations vol. 1. 385 c c
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