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The End of a Life

29/06/2014

Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

 

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This is an extract from Thailand Take Two  

He even rather arrogantly wanted some petrol money to go to the hospital.

Dta Sompet had been bitten by a neighbour’s dog and needed a rabies injection as a safeguard. Whether the dog was provoked or not was difficult to tell. Anyway, the owner paid for the hospital fees and the petrol. But he thought his demand for having his petrol costs paid was a little over the top. The families smiled when they saw one another but it was not the smile of close friends. It was the automatic Thai smile. They certainly never intended speaking again.

Farangs may not notice the coldness of the snub but then the Thai smile is never easy to understand.

Dta Sompet had been unwell for a few weeks with regular visits to the hospital. Occasionally, I would see him reading his newspaper…

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