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  • "India to her was home and when at the age of ten she was 'banished', as she saw it, to boarding school in England, along with her younger sister Bets, she was plunged into misery. Like many foreign-born English children she was appalled by her first sight of England.... 'Nothing but mile after mile of squalid, soot-stained walls, warehouses and dingy streets lined with small, grimy terraced houses in which, unbelievably, my native people, Angrezis (English) — "Sahib-log"—actually lived....' Bullied mercilessly at boarding school by the other girls, Mollie and Bets resorted to speaking to each other in Hindustani, which the other pupils could not understand."

    —Annabel Venning, Following the Drum: The Lives of Army Wives and Daughters Past and Present (London: Headline, 2005), 86

    May 5, 2010