"For Magrat, stepping into a man's bedroom was like an explorer stepping on to that part of the map marked Here Be Dragons."
We passed through several Naga villages, and learned from them that we were not, as we had idly hoped, the first Europeans to come there; a party of five had visited them seven years before. That would be in 1937, we reflected; what eccentrics had they been? Surveyors, prospectors, forestry people, police? I still do not know; but if they were surveyors, I would dearly like to meet them, to tell them what I think of their surveying.
We were now on the fringe of white spaces on the map boldly marked "Unsurveyed" and surrounded with question-marks. It was of this period that we were afterwards alleged to have sent our evening location over the wireless as "Estimated position two miles south of the 'Y' in 'Unsurveyed.'" If we did so, and I have no clear recollection of doing it, we were either: —
a. a different number of miles in a different direction; or
— Brigadier Bernard Fergusson, The Wild Green Earth