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An emotional, dramatic and philosophical novel approximately american citizens drawn right into a small critical American state near to revolution.

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The war between the crows and the owls in the third tantTa gives the opportunity for much display 'of political learning, through the characters of the ministers -on both sides, until t:he more practical cunning of an elder Ininister of the crow king, insinuating himselfinto the confidence ,of the enemy, brings about the destruction of the owls. The last two books are short. The old Jataka story of the monkey -outwitting the crocodile shows how a fool is tricked into giving up his gains. The last tantTa has a human hero for once, a brahman with a devoted pet mongoose which saves his child from a snake: seeing the mongoose covered with bloa'd the prahmanjumps to the conclusion that it has attacked the child and kills his benefactor.

1243. still more welcome in the cold season sisira, when windows are closed and fires used for he~ting. This is the time to think of food: molasses, rice and sugar-cane, as well as liquor. Nothing is said of flowers outside, only the herons are still noticed standing in the rice fields. There are severe frosts and even snow. 1244. Spring is the season who makes new conquests for love, when all nature becomes beautiful. e. Love (understood), instead -of simply as 'the warrior spring'. The bow itself is a flowery red kirpfuka tree (final verse).

Humap. nature and political manoeuvres are shown realistically and human traits only amusingly pointed up through the interposition of animal characters. The vanity of the lion king, and the way in which he is led this way and that by his jackal minister and his scruples are suppressed, is brilliantly described. The lesson -is reinforced in an ironical manner by the victim of the intrigue himself telling Damanaka a story (I No. 8) of a scrupulous lion King approving a murderous trap planned by a crow, his follower.

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