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inapplicable in the case because no such deceivable technique was used.
But we should also accept Francis Bacon's cautionary note, in his essay "On Deformity," as an indication that attitudes toward cripples were beginning to change: "It is good to consider of deformity not as a sign, which is more deceivable, but as a cause, which seldom faileth of the effect.
Due to the strength of this fallacious propaganda, this brutal outfit got deep rooted even in the minds of the people of Sri Lanka, let alone the deceivable foreigners, as an outfit that "can never be defeated" and "the world's No.