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Never praise a sister to a sister, in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears, and so preparing the way for you later on. Sisters are women first and sisters afterwards; and you will find that you do yourself harm.


This is the introduction to “False Dawn” in Plain Tales from the Hills. Two sisters are both in love with the same man. He plans to propose marriage to the elder sister on a moonlight picnic, but – confused by a violent dust-storm – he proposes to the wrong one, by mistake. The younger girl is exalted, only to have her hopes dashed when the error is corrected.