Govinda Samanta; Or the History of a Bengal Raiyat Volume 1

Govinda Samanta; Or the History of a Bengal Raiyat Volume 1

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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. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ...But in this village there was one sort of cultivation which was unknown at Kanchanpur, and that was indigo. The blue dye was manufactured at the indigo factory of Nildanga, under the superintendence of a European planter, of whom the reader will hear more afterwards. Such was the village where the lot of Malati was cast, and where she remained only one week on her first visit, and then returned to her father's house. The English reader, accustomed to the sweets of the honeymoon, will think it strange that Malati should leave the company of her husband only a few days after her marriage. But then it is to be borne in mind that she was but a girl of eleven, and as such was unqualified to discharge the duties of the married state. Hence it is customary with a Bengali girl, after stopping onJy a few days in her father-in-law's house--for we can hardly call it her own house--to return to her father's, where she remains at least one year, and sometimes two or three years, according to circumstances, though occasionally she pays flying visits to her husband. The poor girl, however, always looks upon those visits as great trials; nor can it be wondered at, that a girl of so tender an age should prefer her father's thatch to that of one who is a perfect stranger, albeit her wedded lord. Besides, she enjoys greater liberties at her father's house than she possibly can at her father-in-law's. She is bou (bride) at the latter place, and must therefore go about covered with a veil, whereas, in the former place, where she was born, she puts on no veil, not only in the house, not even in the streets. Malati, however, after her marriage, while she remained in her father's house, was not allowed, as formerly, to go out to the fields, either with the cows or with...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123667118X
  • 9781236671189