In these happy times, when we poor blacks are being uplifted by the mighty western civilisation, with its manifold blessings such as the cinematograph, machine-guns, syphilis, etc., what subject could be more inspiring than the private lives of our European benefactors?…we have so many examples before our eyes. He is a ‘family man’ as our dear English cousins say. Very much a family man is Mr. MacGregor. So much so that he has already three children in the district of Kyauktada, where he has been a year, and in his last district of Shwemyo he left six young progenies behind him. Perhaps it is an oversight on Mr. MacGregor’s part that he has left these young infants quite unprovided for, and that some of their mothers are in danger of starvation…

– Burmese Days

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