His was the time of long everything- long journeys, long speeches, long dinners,long sermons, long poems, long scholarly papers, long book reviews, long personal letters, long reports - and long attention spans. Only death moved swiftly. Whether in Britain or out East, you could dine with a friend one day, and hear of his death from some sudden fever or infection the following afternoon.

— Raffles  

Explorer, East India governor

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