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Kalidasa : Sakuntala: or the lost ring - and Indian drama

'The wife of an Indian yogi (if a yogi be permitted to have a wife) might be a very affectionate woman, but her sympathy with her husband could not have a very extensive sphere. As his eyes are to be continually fixed upon the point of his nose, hers in duteous sympathy must squint in like manner; and if the perfection of his virtue be to sit so still that the birds (vide Sacontala) may unmolested build nests in his hair, his wife cannot better show her affection than by yielding her tresses to them with similar patient stupidity.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Maria Edgeworth      Print: Book


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