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1443THE WEST LEARNS TO SING1932

I intend to return to India from China and then go to Italy, where I want you to go and find a villa for me to stay in. I will come at the end of July. Assemble the gopis there.

"Give Meredith his return tickets to New York, and pay him $500 for return passage to England for him and Margaret. Tell him I wish him to continue his work at Devonshire. 

"And tell all in California that I will not break my silence in Hollywood as announced."

This was a difficult duty for Quentin, but his faith in Baba deepened. Quentin thought to himself: "No ordinary man would behave like this." The result was as expected: When Quentin conveyed the news, though there was disappointment, particularly with Meredith Starr and Marc Jones, there was no flagging of faith among the sincere, like Malcolm and Jean.  The main reason was that Baba's love had drawn certain ones close to him and his love would not let them stray.

That night, after seeing Rustom off to Australia aboard the Monterey, Baba and the other mandali had dinner.  Afterward, they went to a movie at the Empire Theater.

On Friday, 10 June 1932, a friend of Elizabeth's named Mrs. Hutchins came with her sister to see Baba. (They had come to meet the ship, also.) Baba went for another drive in the afternoon through Honolulu, to the Niumalu Hotel and later to the Honolulu (Waikiki) Aquarium. In the evening Baba went to the Liberty Theater and saw Gladys George in the play, A Church Mouse.

On 11 June at 7:45 A.M., Baba went for breakfast with Chanji and Quentin to Mrs. Walter Dillingham's palatial villa, La Pietra, on the western slope of Diamond Head.  "Baba seemed disinclined to go," Quentin recorded in his diary, but it was too late to postpone the invitation. When they returned, they left again at nine o'clock to take Carl Philipp to his ship; an American woman was to accompany the boy. Carl appeared sad at leaving Baba, but true to Baba's prediction, it was later learned the boy did speak out against Baba when he returned. 

At noon, Baba, Kaka, Chanji, Beheram and Adi Jr. also set sail for the eleven-day voyage to China on the Empress of Japan. Quentin had come to see them off. He too was feeling the pangs of separation. "I stayed an hour with Baba and the boys," he later wrote, "and then was getting so depressed and sad, I tore myself away from them. Although I was to see [Baba] soon, I felt desperately sad at seeing him go. It seemed when Baba left as though the soul had gone out of America."

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