'Bougwan' is a term meaning master in African. In general terms it is used when a dieing woman of inferior
caste is in a cave
(mortally wounded by an old witch doctor) and wishes
her undieing love for a adventurous English gentleman.
The word has fallen out of fashion since
of Empire, and indeed it is difficult to see under what circumstances it would today be used.
"Ah! Bougwan, I die!" gasped the beautiful creature. "She crept out-- Gagool; I did not see her, I was faint--and the door
began to fall; then she came
back, and was looking up the path--I saw her come
in through the slowly falling door
, and caught her and held her, and she stabbed me, and I die, Bougwan!"
"Say to my lord, Bougwan, that--I love him, and that I am glad to die because I know that he cannot cumber his life with such as I am, for the sun may not mate
with the darkness, nor the white with the black."