‘It was so Hollywood, it was ridiculous; it was an insult toanything that had to do with Burma,’ she said. ‘When the film did come to Burmathere was a big hue and cry. Things in the pagoda, things a Buddhist would neverdo.’
‘Had I been able to do anything, had it served a purpose, had something beenable to be done – but I realise I saw too many things,’
‘I think – and people say it, which is why I can say it – I was a sort of lollipop for the people,’ she says. ‘Whatever average people say about me or my Anglo half, the family name is still very important in Burma, the royalty, the Limbin.’
‘Okay, so he did fling the bloody ashtray. I can’t deny it, because there were servants and obviously it is the servants who are talking today…There was an ashtray, but it didn’t hit me between the eyes and I’m still alive. But it’s not the ashtray. It is the last drop in the glass, thelast straw.’
I left Burma with a definite feeling of failure,’ June Rose says now. ‘Because I had failed my people. Because they did put their trust in me when I arrived. And this was one of the things that was not liked. But I would rather I left as a failurethan to be connected with the ruling people. Those who had trusted in me, those who believed in me can say she left, but she left rather than not be able to do anything. In Italian, they say un peccato di orgoglio; in English, a sin of pride. Because I thought I could do something which others had not done. And that’s a very bad sin.’
He was always the éminence gris. He wasalways the one who was manipulating everybody. It was too convenient,’ she said.