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Morning brought the penetrating chill of the Northern December, the layers of wood-smoke, the dusty grey-blue of the tamarisks, the domes of ruined tombs, and all the smell of the white Northern plains, as the mail-train ran on to the mile-long Sutlej Bridge…They were picking them up at almost every station now—men and women coming in for the Christmas Week, with racquets, with bundles of polo-sticks, with dear and bruised cricket-bats, with fox-terriers and saddles.


This is from “William the Conqueror” in The Day’s Work.

A team of administrators from the Punjab in northern India has been down in the South, working on famine relief, and now they are coming home for Christmas. Miss ‘William’ Martyn has been down with her brother, and worked alongside the men. She has fallen in love with Scott, a colleague of her brother’s, and they are engaged to be married. It is a happy homecoming.