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In London, the young Gandhi–a slender Indian with protruding ears and terrible  shyness–felt desperately isolated. His command of English, despite a high-school  education that emphasized the language, was weak and his command of European  custom weaker, and on the boat to Southampton he ate in his cabin to avoid  embarrassment. In England, fortunately, family friends took him under their wing and  enabled him to get settled in a boarding-house without incident. But problems  persisted–notably the difficulty of diet. Vegetarian food was hard to come by in Victorian  London, and many Indians simply abandoned the Hindu strictures on eating meat. But  Gandhi had promised his mother to keep his religious customs, and he was a man who  kept promises, so he subsisted on oatmeal porridge and other dishes until he found a  suitable restaurant–and in it, a work entitled 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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