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Gone lost it my vocabulary has deserted me never mind

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Gone. Lost it. My vocabulary has deserted me. Never mind. Doesn't matter... I think perhaps I should put on more clothes... (Pause.) MAGGIE : Did you speak Swahili all the time out there, Jack? JACK : All the time. Yes. To the people. Swahili. When Europeans call, we speak English. Or if we have a - a visitor? - a visitation! - from the district commissioner. The present commissioner knows Swahili but he won't speak it. He's a stubborn man. He and I fight a lot but I like him. The Irish Outcast, he calls me. He is always inviting me to spend a weekend with him in Kampala - to keep me from 'going native', as he calls it. Perhaps when I go back. If you co- operate with the English they give you lots of money for churches and schools and hospitals. And he gets so angry with me because I won't take his money. Reported me to my superiors in Head House last year; and they were very cross -
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oh, very cross. But I like him. When I was saying goodbye to him - he thought this was very funny! - he gave me a present of the last governor's ceremonial hat to take home with - Ceremony! That's the word! How could I have forgotten that? The offering, the ritual, the Hanring _ a ceremony! Such a simple word. What was I telling you? AGNES : The district commissioner gave you this present. JACK : Yes; a wonderful triangular hat with three enormous white ostrich plumes rising up out of the crown. I have it in one of my trunks. I'll show it to you later. Ceremony! I'm so glad I got that. Do you know what I found very strange? Coming back in the boat there were days when I couldn't remember even the simplest words. Not that anybody seemed to notice. And you can always point, Margaret, can't you? MAGGIE : Or make signs. JACK : Or make signs. MAGGIE : Or dance. KATE : What you must do is read a lot - books, papers, magazines, anything. I read every night with young Michael. It's great for his vocabulary. JACK : I'm sure you're right, Kate. I'll do that. ( To CHRIS ) I haven't seen young Michael today, Agnes. KATE : Christina, Jack. JACK : Sorry, I - CHRIS : He's around there somewhere. Making kites, if you don't mind. JACK : And I have still to meet your husband. CHRIS : I'm not married. JACK : Ah. KATE : Michael's father was here a while ago... Gerry Evans... Mr Evans is a Welshman... not that that's relevant to... JACK : You were never married? CHRIS : Never. MAGGIE : We're all in the same boat, Jack. We're hoping that you'll hunt about and get men for all of us. JACK : ( To CHRIS ) So Michael is a love-child? CHRIS : I-yes-I suppose so... JACK : He's a fine boy. CHRIS : He's not a bad boy.
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JACK : You're lucky to have him. AGNES : We're all lucky to have him. JACK : In Ryanga women are eager to have love-children. The more love-children you have, the more fortunate your household is thought to be. Have you other love-children? KATE : She certainly has not, Jack; and strange as it may seem to you, neither has Agnes nor Rose nor Maggie nor myself. No harm to Ryanga but you're home in Donegal now and much as we cherish love-children here they are not exactly the norm. And the doctors says if you don't take exercise your legs will seize up on you; so I'm going to walk you down to
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