By Evelyn Waugh
"We are development and the recent Age. not anything can stand in our way." while Oxford-educated Emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African kingdom of Azania, he has a difficult activity on his palms. His topics are ill-informed and unruly, and corruption, double-dealing, and bloodshed are rife. even if, via Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, Seth plans to introduce his humans to the civilized methods of the west-but will or not it's so simple as that? Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of selfmade forex, the staging of a "Birth regulate Gala," the rightful ruler's dying at his personal relatively lengthy and tiring coronation ceremonies, and plenty extra mischief.
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Said the station master, "our only engine has gone away alone. ' But Seth made no comment. The other passengers came out onto the platform, smoking and making jokes. He did not look out at them. This gross incident had bruised his most vulnerable feelings. He had been made ridiculous at a moment of dignity and triumph; he had been disappointed in plans he had made eagerly; his own superiority was compromised by contact with such service. Basil passed his window and caught a glimpse of a gloomy but very purposeful black face under a white sun helmet.
He was now doing time in prison in default of damages. White ants had devoured the tyres; various pieces of mechanism had been removed from time to time to repair other engines. A Sakuyu family had set up house in the back, enclosing the space between the wheels with an intricate structure of rags, tin, mud and grass. That was in the good times when the Emperor was in the hills. Now he was back again and the town was overrun with soldiers and government officials. It was by his orders that this motor car was being removed.
Paid his debts again and again... no gratitude... no self-control... no longer a child, twenty-eight this year... his father... the post kind Sir William se-cured him in the bank in Brazil... great opening and such interesting work... never went to the office once... never know where or whom he is with... most undesirable friends, Sonia Trumpington, Peter Postmaster, all sorts of people whose names I've never even heard... of course I couldn't really approve of his going about so much with Mrs.
Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh