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full of life and colour, derived from the flights of myriad
butterflies which fill the air with gaudy glitter, and the gaily-
dressed Tamil people who gather in bunches on the banks
of the great four-sided Buddhist tanks absorbed in eternal
gossip. The clear spaces of Ceylon are to be found in the
plantations of cocoa, coffee or tea, or in the midst of the
rice-fields. Cocoa cultivation favours a growth of shade trees,
and a cocoa estate therefore presents a natural charm some-
times wanting in the stiff lines of tea cultivation, which cover
the undulating hills up to an altitude of about 6,ooo feet as
with a dark-green vestment. Since the failure of coffee, tea
plantations have become the prominent feature in Singhalese
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