There is something in the stolidness
of the crowd before the rise of the curtain, that is out of keeping with the temperament of the people.
She got so she received all things with the stolidness
of the earth which soaks up urine and perfume with the same indifference" (236).
The handling, too, is a positive joy with none of the mass-produced stolidness
of more fancy marques in this class.
The Darwin stolidness
and no-nonsense rationalism also seem mirrored in the "hard, tight, definite" quality that Raverat loved about wood engraving, and that left "no possible room for vagueness.
Rather than looking to the Buddhists as a source of inspiration for decrying the stolidness
of the traditional caste mentality, it is more likely that the Jainas were the source of such ideas.