chapter  IV
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CHAPTER IV

THEairhereisalreadylessoppressivethanat Saigon,lesschargedwithelectricityandmoisture. Onefeelsmorealive.

Andamelancholyofadifferentkindemanates fromthistown,lostasitisintheinteriorofa land-boundcountry,withoutships,without sailors,withoutaniinationofanysort.Itis comparativelybutafewyearssinceKing Norodmnconfidedhiscountryto:France,and alreadyeverythingthatwehavebuiltatPnomPenhhastakenonanairofoldageunderthe scorchingofthesun.Thefinestraightroads wetracedhere,alongwhichnoonepasses,are greenwithweeds.Itmightbeoneofthose ancientcolonies,thechat·mofwhichliesin desuetudeandsilence.