The Writings In Prose And Verse Of Rudyard Kipling (volume 19)

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byRudyard Kipling

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... "Well done, indeed! It is a shame and a scandal that a poor woman may not go to make prayer to her gods except she be jostled and insulted by all the refuse of Hindustan--that she must eat gali (abuse) as men eat ghi. But I have yet a wag left to my tongue--a word or two well spoken that serves the occasion. And still am I without my tobacco! Who is the one-eyed and luckless son of shame that has not yet prepared my pipe?" It was hastily thrust in by a hillman, and a trickle of thick smoke from each corner of the curtains showed that peace was restored. If Kim had walked proudly the day before, disciple of a holy man, to-day he paced with tenfold pride in the train of a semi-royal procession, with a recognised place under the patronage of an old lady of charming manners and infinite resource. The escort, their heads tied up native fashion, fell in on either side the cart, shuffling enormous clouds of dust. The lama and Kim walked a little to one side; Kim chewing his stick of sugar-cane, and making way for no one under the status of a priest. They could hear the old lady's tongue clack as steadily as a rice-husker. She bade the escort tell her what was going on on the road; and so soon as they were clear of the parao she flung back the curtains and peered out, her veil a third across her face. Her men did not eye her directly when she addressed them, and thus the proprieties were more or less observed. A dark, sallowish District Superintendent of Police, faultlessly uniformed, an Englishman, trotted by on a tired horse, and, seeing from her retinue what manner of person she was, chaffed her. "O mother," he cried, "do they do this in the zenanas? Suppose an Englishman came by and saw that thou hadst no nose?" "What?" she shrilled back. "Thy own mother has no nose...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1902. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... "Well done, indeed! It is a shame and a scandal that a poor woman may not go to make prayer to her gods except she be jostled and ins...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:100 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.21 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217289711

ISBN - 13:9780217289719

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