This Latter, Anxious That His Countryman Should Appear
To Advantage In His New Office, Gave Him Many Instructions, Strictly Charging
Him, Among Other Things, To Take Away The Lady's Plate, Whenever She Should
Cross Her Knife And Fork, And To Give Her A Clean One.
executed, not only to Mrs. McArthur, but to several of the other guests.
At last Nanbaree crossed
His knife and fork with great gravity, casting
a glance at the other, who looked for a moment with cool indifference
at what he had done, and then turned his head another way. Stung at this
supercilious treatment, he called in rage, to know why he was not attended to,
as well as the rest of the company. But Imeerawanyee only laughed; nor could
all the anger and reproaches of the other prevail upon him to do that
for one of his countrymen, which he cheerfully continued to perform
to every other person.]
Baneelon finding he could not succeed, withdrew himself for two days.
At length he made his appearance, attended only by his wife. Unmindful
of what had so recently happened, he marched singly up to the governor's house,
and on being refused admittance, though unarmed, attempted to force
the sentinel. The soldier spared him, but the guard was instantly sent for,
and drawn up in front of the house; not that their co-operation was necessary,
but that their appearance might terrify. His ardour now cooled, and he seemed
willing, by submission, to atone for his misconduct.
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