At last we reached a large and handsome building of bamboos, and were by signs told to enter it, the natives opening a lane for us through which to pass; on entering without ceremony, we threw our exhausted frames upon the mats that covered the floor.
Reclining upon our mats, we now held a kind of levee, giving audience to successive troops of the natives, who introduced themselves to us by pronouncing their respective names, and retired in high good humour on receiving ours in return.
It was the largest house in the village, ambitiously ornamented with fancy-plaited mats
and king-posts carved into obscene and monstrous forms half-human and half-animal.
There were mats of woven grasses on the floor and the place was clean and neat; but his Majesty had no other furniture at all--perhaps because he didn't need it.
It had only one room and no furniture except beds of clean straw and a few mats of woven grasses; but our travelers were contented with these simple things because they realized it was the best the Donkey-King had to offer them.
I hesitated, for I confess I did not much like the look of the mats
on which he proposed that I should sleep; but I shrugged my shoulders.
Then I took him and wrapped him up in my bundle of medicines, and outside of all I rolled a mat of plaited grass.
I loosed the mat and drew the dead child from the medicines, glancing round fearfully as I did so.
Five goats and a new sleeping mat
are scarce enough in exchange for Bukawai's medicine.
I remember the same objection being made to a set of sable functionaries, whom my friend, Mat
Lewis, introduced as the guards and mischief-doing satellites of the wicked Baron, in his Castle Spectre.
But what satisfaction will the nature of the animal be to me when the animal shall have tempted my Mat
away from the musical business to New Zealand or Australey?
Now the white road to Delhi is mat
for his feet, The sal and the kikar must guard him from heat; His home is the camp, and the waste, and the crowd-- He is seeking the Way as bairagi avowed!