But she had come in touch with Mrs Garten over a dhobi's chit and a recipe for pumelo gin.
In these circumstances a dhobi with good connections is what you require.
Many of the Indian rivers for a large part of the year provide just the conditions which the dhobi loves.
But to the dhobi I appeared cold as the waters of the snows that melt on the mountains.
The dhobi is then called to wash the clothes of the household, and their earthen pots are thrown away.
There was no longer any laundry on board, as the dhobi had been killed.
To see a dhobi, or washerman, who is associated with foul raiment, is exceedingly dangerous.
On the other hand, one or two of the village menials, such as the dhobi or washerman, are considered to some extent impure.
I once had a bearer who was sadly afflicted because on tour he had to sleep in the same tent with a dhobi.
The profession of washerman, or dhobi as he is called, like most other occupations in India, is chiefly an hereditary one.