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Life in Benares was like this. Fakirs with an eye for business would hear of me and come to my abode. Charlatans, beggars, and religious humbugs would approach me. Experience gradually taught me and I soon learned to detect the genuine from the false, and with a wave of the hand I would dismiss the latter before they could begin their wordy requests.

-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 2: India > # 160

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