Every-Day Life in South India, Or, the Story of Coopooswamey; An Autobiography

Every-Day Life in South India, Or, the Story of Coopooswamey; An Autobiography

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...pay a fine to make up the value of the books.' At this the boys looked at one another, and grumbles were heard. 'What are you saying?' said the missionary, addressing a slim, vain youth, who was ever ready to give his opinion, and who had muttered something. ' We do not think it will be just to make the innocent suffer for the guilty, ' said he. 'Your ideas of justice, and mine, ' replied Mr. Knox, 'don't exactly coincide. Which must I follow--your sense of what is just, or you mine?' 'Of course iwe must follow yours, ' said the teacher. 'The whole school is implicated, ' continued the missionary, 'because, unless the boys winked at the offence, it would not have occurred. Many of the boys who did not steal the books, no doubt thought those very lucky who did. Is it not so?' 'Yes, sir; that is true, ' said the head-master. 'It is only by being made to suffer, ' continued the missionary, 'that a conviction that such acts are wrong can be impressed on the minds of the boys. I believe in vicarious suffering, and although I am innocent, I shall willingly share the punishment by joining you in paying the fine.' Although we resisted the influence of the religious instruction that we received as much as we could, tried not to listen, carried on a debate in our minds in defence of Hinduism, hoped that strong arguments must surely exist, although we could not discover them, still, a deep impression was made on our minds. We were convinced in spite of ourselves of a great deal that our teacher taught us. When I told my father about the Scripture lesson, he told me that it could not do me any harm, if I always remembered that...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236953894
  • 9781236953896