"Gup." Sketches of Anglo-Indian life and character

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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. 1868 Excerpt: ...rebels--refuses to eat--and, if not subdued, would fret himself to death. The method of training him therefore (as it is called), is never to permit him to sleep. As long as the beast shows any signs of rebellion he is not allowed to close his weary eyes. Relays of natives dance round him all night, flashing torches before his bewildered sight, and shouting a song into his bewildered ears, the refrain of which is: "You must submit to the Rajah, You must submit to the Rajah and the usual upshot of which is that the poor animal, being too full of jungle life to die, and driven nearly stupid by sights and sounds such as his jungle life never brought to him, ends by submission: that is to say, he abandons hopeless efforts to root up his chains and trample those who approach him under his feet; and, worn out by pain and want of rest and quiet, consents to eat as much food as will support life in him, and remains for the rest of the day with down-hanging head and bloodshot despairing eyes, sadly wondering how this great change has come upon him. But they assured us that, in a few months, the elephant I allude to would forget his past, pluck up heart and appetite again, and, with it, recover his good looks, and, it is to be hoped, his happiness. Before we left Mysore we paid a visit to Seringapatam, which is not far off. It is a miserable, deserted-looking place. There scarcely seemed a human creature left in the town. As we rode through the bazaar the shops and houses were all empty, trade was at a standstill, and the only human beings we saw were a few beggars. The fort is still standing, with the huge breaches made in it every here and there by the English shells; and the spot where Tippoo Sahib fell was pointed out to us by our native cicerone. The only #...

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