1. What might a “Fancy American Daimond” be…and I assume that should be “Diamond.” As far as North America, it must have something to do with the setting since only a very few diamonds have ever been found here. No doubt a title to allow a higher price to be charged.

    1. Earl, I guess that diamonds as well as America for a long time were somewhat connected with fairy tales. For a decade or more Batticaloa was more or less cut off from the world, difficult to reach or leave (especially for young male Tamils) and difficult and dangerous to live in, as either the regular army or the ‘liberation army’ might have zeroed in on you at any time.

      So maybe this dream of America, where “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” was necessary to compensate for the hardships and dangers of daily life.

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