This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 Excerpt:, at least save his time. It seems the custom, in all the markets, to ask about fifty per cent, above the real or proper price, and the system, consequently, very generally appears to be, in answer to ridiculous demands, to make ridiculous offers and so, by talking and bargaining, arrive midway at something of a fair valuation. But, in the Provision mart, there is another feeling in operation; a natural--though it may be a tacit--combination on the part of the bazar people and the servants, to afford to each other the advantages of monopoly. What interest can the servant have in cheapening the wares of the Bazar for his employer?--On the contrary--the more money he expends, the more dustooree he obtains. He willingly allows his countryman, therefore, the highest reasonable amount he may demand, and in return the dealer as willingly allows the servant to purchase at such a rate as shall leave him a sufficient margin for that additional " small profit" I have spoken of, in his account to his master. Unless he be a griff, therefore, the visit of the European to the Bazar dealers is neither encouraged nor desired. Independently, however, of all this, and to say nothing of pride, the obstacles created by climate are sufficiently potent to make the attendance of Europeans in the market the exception and not the rule. There are four months of excessive rain; five or six of distressing heat; the conveyance, except amongst the opulent, is required for business, and a walk is opposed after about 6 o'clock in the morning by a blazing sun, from whose beams some people fly as though each ray were a poisoned shaft, and by that lassitude and disinclination to activity, which season--city life--and late hours are so calculated to create. Whilst, then, there ...
  • ISBN13: 9781130354553
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  • Pubilcation Year: 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 00082
Publication DateMarch 6, 2012
Primary CategoryLiterary Collections/General

Anglo-Indian Domestic Life; A Letter from an Artist in India to His Mother in England

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