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THE SNAKE PIT

By

David Shaw

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2010 David Shaw


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"This weather is getting unbearable. Are we never to go up to the hills?" Carol Carnac-Smythe drawled.

The other five women lying in the shallow pool of water were all of the same opinion. The searing Punjabi sun beating down on the wooden roof above their heads was far too hot for comfort, especially when the baking summer winds blew in from the arid plains which surrounded Gazepore.

It had certainly been an unlucky day for the 17th Sikh Rifles when they were sent to the barracks in this small and isolated town. And just as unlucky a day for the regimental families. The only amenities for Europeans were a social club and a cinema with walls and roof of corrugated iron, an excellent building material for making hot weather even hotter and cold weather bone bitingly freezing. There was certainly no argument amongst the Europeans about the finest building in Gazepore: it was the local railway station, which at least promised some chance of eventually leaving the dismal habitation.

In fact the officers' wives should have left the area already for their yearly holiday during the hot weather, a longed for trip up to the hill stations on the lower ranges of the Himalayas, where it was always cool and green on the fringes of the eternal snow line. Unfortunately the arrangements for their departure had been disrupted when the 17th Rifles had been ordered to leave Gazepore itself for temporary duty on the North West Frontier, where the Pashtun had begun raiding out of the hills again.

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