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Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterji

Poison Tree Bankim Chandra Chatterji

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THE POISON TREETHE POISON TREETHE POISON TREETHE POISON TREE
(Bisha Briksha)
A Tale of Hindu Life in Bengal
BYBANKIM CHANDRA CHATTERJEE
Translated ByMiriam S. KnightWith A Preface ByEdwin Arnold, C.S.I.LondonT. Fisher Unwin26 Paternoster Square1884
 
PREFACE
I had been asked by the accomplished lady who has translated the subjoined story to introduce itwith a few words of comment to the English public. For that purpose I commenced the perusal of the proof sheets; but soon found that what was begun as a literary task became a real and singular  pleasure, by reason of the author's vivid narrative, his skill in delineating character, and, beyondall, the striking and faithful pictures of Indian life with which his tale is filled. Nor do thesequalities suffer, beyond what is always inevitable, in the transfer of the novel from its originalBengali to English. Five years ago, Sir William Herschel, of the Bengal Civil Service, had theintention of translating this ‘Bisha Briksha’; but surrendered the task, with the author's fullconsent, to Mrs. Knight, who has here performed it with very remarkable skill and success. Toaccomplish that, more was wanted than a competent knowledge of the language of the originaland a fluent command of English: it was necessary to be familiar with the details of native lifeand manners, and to have a sufficient acquaintance with the religious, domestic, and socialcustoms of Bengali homes. Possessing these, Mrs. Knight has now presented us with a modernHindu novelette, smoothly readable throughout, perfectly well transferred from its vernacular (with such omissions as were necessary), and valuable, as I venture to affirm, to English readersas well from its skill in construction and intrinsic interest as for the light which it sheds upon theindoor existence of well-to-do Hindus, and the excellent specimen which it furnishes of the sortof indigenous literature happily growing popular in their cities and towns.The author of "The Poison Tree" is Babu Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, a native gentleman of Bengal, of superior intellectual acquisitions, who ranks unquestionably as the first living writer of fiction in his Presidency. His renown is widespread among native readers, who recognize thetruthfulness and power of his descriptions, and are especially fond of "Krishna Kanta's Will,""Mrinalini," and this very story of the ‘Bisha Briksha’, which belongs to modern days in India,and to the new ideas which are spreading--not always quite happily--among the families of theland. Allowance being made for the loss which an original author cannot but sustain by thetransfer of his style and method into another language and system of thought, it will be confessed,I think, that the reputation of "Bankim Babu" is well deserved, and that Bengal has here produceda writer of true genius, whose vivacious invention, dramatic force, and purity of aim, promisewell for the new age of Indian vernacular literature.It would be wrong to diminish the pleasure of the English reader by analysing the narrative andforestalling its plot. That which appears to me most striking and valuable in the book is thefaithful view it gives of the gentleness and devotion of the average Hindu wife. Western peopleare wont to think that because marriages are arranged at an early age in India, and without the betrothed pair having the slightest share in the mutual choice, that wedded love of a sincere sortmust be out of the question, and conjugal happiness very rare. The contrary is notably the case.Human nature is, somehow, so full of accidental harmonies, that a majority among thehouseholds thus constituted furnish examples of quiet felicity, established constancy, and, aboveall, of a devotedness on the part of the Hindu women to their husbands and children, whichknows, so to speak, no limit. The self-sacrifice of Surja Mukhi in this tale would be next toimpossible for any Western woman, but is positively common in the East, though our author sowell displays the undoubted fact that feminine hearts are the same everywhere, and that customcannot change the instincts of love. In Debendra the Babu paints successfully the "youngBengalee" of the present day, corrupted rather than elevated by his educational enlightenment. Nagendra is a good type of the ordinary well-to-do householder; Kunda Nandini, of the simpleand graceful Hindu maiden; and Hira, of those passionate natures often concealed under the dark glances and regular features of the women of the Ganges Valley. In a word, I am glad torecommend this translation to English readers, as a work which, apart from its charm in incident
 
and narrative, will certainly give them just, if not complete, ideas of the ways of life of their fellow-subjects in Bengal.EDWIN ARNOLD, C.S.I.LONDON, ‘September’ 10, 1884.
CONTENTS
CHAPTER I- NAGENDRA'S JOURNEY BY BOATCHAPTER II- "COMING EVENTS CAST THEIR SHADOWS BEFORE"CHAPTER III-OF MANY SUBJECTSCHAPTER IV- TARA CHARANCHAPTER V- OH! LOTUS-EYED, WHO ART THOU?CHAPTER VI- THE READER HAS CAUSE FOR GREAT DISPLEASURECHAPTER VII- HARIDASI BOISNAVICHAPTER VIII- THE BABUCHAPTER IX- SURJA MUKHI'S LETTER CHAPTER X- THE SPROUTCHAPTER XI- CAUGHT AT LASTCHAPTER XII- HIRACHAPTER XIII- NO!CHAPTER XIV- LIKE TO LIKECHAPTER XV- THE FORLORN ONECHAPTER XVI-HIRA'S ENVYCHAPTER XVII- HIRA'S QUARREL. THE BUD OF THE POISON TREECHAPTER XVIII- THE CAGED BIRDCHAPTER XIX- DESCENTCHAPTER XX- GOOD NEWSCHAPTER XXI- SURJA MUKHI AND KAMAL MANICHAPTER XXII- WHAT IS THE POISON TREE?CHAPTER XXIII- THE SEARCHCHAPTER XXIV- EVERY SORT OF HAPPINESS IS FLEETINGCHAPTER XXV- THE FRUIT OF THE POISON TREECHAPTER XXVI- THE SIGNS OF LOVECHAPTER XXVII- BY THE ROADSIDECHAPTER XXVIII- IS THERE HOPE?CHAPTER XXIX- HIRA'S POISON TREE HAS BLOSSOMEDCHAPTER XXX- NEWS OF SURJA MUKHICHAPTER XXXI- THOUGH ALL ELSE DIES, SUFFERING DIES NOTCHAPTER XXXII- THE FRUIT OF HIRA'S POISON TREECHAPTER XXXIII- HIRA'S GRANDMOTHER CHAPTER XXXIV- A DARK HOUSE: A DARK LIFECHAPTER XXXV- THE RETURNCHAPTER XXXVI- EXPLANATIONCHAPTER XXXVII- THE SIMPLETON AND THE SERPENTCHAPTER XXXVIII- THE CATASTROPHECHAPTER XXXIX- KUNDA'S TONGUE IS LOOSENEDCHAPTER XL- THE END

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