A woman should be able to sit down and play you or sing you a good old English tune.
The building, of greenish stone, was in the old English style, not ugly, but small-windowed and melancholy-looking: the sort of house that must have children, many flowers, open windows, and little vistas of bright things, to make it seem a joyous home.
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And yet with all the lights on and the music and the silhouetted figures behind the curtains moving around dancing, there was a strange festivity to the warm autumn air, as if the place were the site of a favorite seasonal fete, as in those old English novels of Sunny’s that I would glance at from time to time.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
In the middle of the 19th century, a 17-year-old English officer was ordered to organize the building of a road from Colombo to Kandy.