Winter 1999 • Vol. XXI No. 1 Fiction |

Into the House of Desire: A Ceylonese Riddle in Fourteen Parts

1 DIWA S. TONGUE; TASTE; ISLAND; SKY; FIRMAMENT, REGION OF THE STARS; SWARGA, THE PARADISE OF THE GODS; A VERBAL ROOT, WHICH AMONG MANY OTHER SIGNIFICATIONS, MEANS TO PLAY, TO SPORT, TO ROMP, TO GAMBOL, TO BE GLAD, TO REJOICE, TO BE MAD OR FRANTIC WITH JOY, TO BE INFLATED WITH PRIDE AND PASSION; TO WISH, TO DESIRE, TO LOVE; FROM THIS ROOT ARE FORMED ALL THE WORDS WHICH ARE USED TO EXPRESS THAT CLASS OF BEINGS USUALLY DENOMINATED IN OUR LANGUAGE, GODS, DEITIES, DIVINITIES, ETC., I.E., BEINGS WHOLLY GIVEN UP TO EVERY SPECIES OF PLEASURE AND THE INDULGENCES OF EVERY CORRUPT PASSION; THE SWARGA OR RESIDENCE OF THESE BEINGS, WHICH FOR WANT OF MORE APPROPRIATE TERMS IS CALLED PARADISE, HEAVEN, ETC., SIGNIFIES A PLACE WHERE EVERY SENSUAL PASSION IS GRATIFIED WITHOUT INTERRUPTION OR RESTRAINT, SEE ALSO DEVI1 II. So that when the drummer boy Manu appeared one morning fresh at her patio as she was doing laundry—her white man gone to a neighboring town—she tittered. His desire w

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