Guindy is a palace built as a sort of country residence for the Governor some way out of Madras, but near enough to the sea for children to go down to it very often. There was a round pool fringed with coconut palms, with kingfishers flying in and out everywhere and great butterflies nearly as big as the kingfishers, sailing about. There were herds of little black deer so small they were not much bigger than a fox terrier, and beautiful brown women with great brass pots on their heads, going down to fetch water. Everywhere there were the loveliest flowers and great crimson bushes or flowering trees, but it was not until the author got to Guindy that he realized the wonders of India. The only drawback against English children being in India is that they have much too much power over servants and it is very bad for small children to exercise power.