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“News Today”-The island Java

In Uncategorized on 20/04/2009 at 07:05

Java is and island in Indonesia where the capital of the country is; Batavia. There are many language that are spoken in this area but still the most powerful one is Indonesia where it is used in the whole Indonesia. Here is the word of the day from our News today to help you get around…

mesjit=mosque

biru= blue

and last but not least

rumah= house

more to come on our new addition of News Today

“New Today”-VOC STARTS TO DECLINE

In Uncategorized on 20/04/2009 at 06:42

VOC is a trading Dutch company that started on 20 March 1602 in Asia is one of the biggest companies that were in process and now the company starts to decline because of one of the major problems of the decrease in the income of the company. Grow no more rice!!! Is one way that the company has chosen and the stock of Tea and coffee are increasing in Indonesia now for more commercial trade crops in the mountains of Priangan Districts where Sundanese farmers are from. This is due to the failure of the trade company and the power has been past down to the Dutch government to colonial control Indonesia and also their crops. They also have taxes collected from the village to increase more income to the government.

The Editor’s Notes: Chapters 14-15

In Analysis of Plot, Batavus Droogstoppel, Character Development, Max Havelaar, The Editor on 19/04/2009 at 23:19

                The other day my wife (my Marieke!) asked to read the newest drafts of the novel. Having just finished reviewing chapters 14 and 15 I could only hand over the pages with a heavy heart. Just as I expected, this morning I found Marieke bent over the manuscript, and very much upset. It was difficult to comfort her, for though I am no expert on the affairs in Java, it has become my opinion that what Scarfman has produced in his writings is truth, and that all the optimism we may have heard here in Amsterdam about Java is most probably not.

                Even Droogstoppel was affected, for he was still a man proud of his country, and it did not please him to hear that such ‘outrageous abuses’ were, and still is happening right under our King’s nose. The corruption, the half-heartedness, the cowardice of the residents and governors! It was enough to make Marieke stop buying salt for a week in protest. And she had not even read the whole of the writings.

                The lighter parts of these chapters deal with Havelaar’s kindness, and the German poem quoted as a testimony to his heart has sneaked into mine, and become one of my favorites. What worries is the foreshadowing at the end of chapter 14, where ‘dark clouds’ are mentioned to be fast approaching our hero. Even the end of chapter 15 is no less promising! Here the narrator creates a sense of frustration and hopelessness with his repeated exclamations: “What good has it done him?”  (page 237). I falter in my optimism, but I cannot help nurse a small ray of hope that our hero might succeed in the end, for at least his letter to Verbrugge shows his determination and sense of justice is unwavering. It also helps that it seems the people of Lebak are finding confidence and trust in him, as they recognize his genuine care for not only his duty as written in the oath, but for what is right as written in his heart.

                Havelaar is becoming a great protagonist. I have no doubt that readers will side with him, which I find very important as we are dealing with a very sensitive issue, and this novel’s success largely depends on how much our hero can persuade readers to believe in him. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I’m glad it was Droogstoppel who came across this manuscript first. In him we find the perfect tint of black to bring out the light in Havelaar.

The Editor, 44 Prinzengracht, Amsterdam.