The Writings In Prose And Verse Of Rudyard Kipling (volume 4) by Rudyard Kipling

The Writings In Prose And Verse Of Rudyard Kipling (volume 4)

byRudyard Kipling

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1920. Excerpt: ... THE STRANGE RIDE OF MORROWBIE JUKES Alive or dead -- there is no other way.--Native Provtrb. There is no invention about this tale. Jukes by accident stumbled upon a village that is well known to exist, though he is the only Englishman who has been there. A somewhat similar institution used to flourish on the outskirts of Calcutta, and there is a story that if you go into the heart of Bikanir, which is in the heart of the Great Indian Desert, you shall come across not a village but a town where the Dead who did not die but may not live have established their headquarters. And, since it is perfectly true that in the same Desert is a wonderful city where all the rich money-lenders retreat after they have made their fortunes (fortunes so vast that the owners cannot trust even the strong hand of the Government to protect them, but take refuge in the waterless sands), and drive sumptuous C-spring barouches, and buy beautiful girls and decorate their palaces with gold and ivory and Minton tiles and mother-o'-pearl, I do not see why Jukes's tale should not be true. He is a Civil Engineer, with a head for plans and distances and things of that kind, and he certainly would not take the trouble to invent imaginary traps. He could earn more by doing his legitimate work. He never varies the tale in the telling, and grows very hot and indignant when he thinks of the disrespectful treatment he received. He wrote this quite straightforwardly at first, but he has touched it up in places and introduced Moral Reflections: thus: -- In the beginning it all arose from a slight attack of fever. My work necessitated my being in camp for some months between Pakpattan and Mubarakpur -- a desolate sandy stretch of country, as every one who has had the misfortune to go there may know. My coolies were neither ...

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Title:The Writings In Prose And Verse Of Rudyard Kipling (volume 4)Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217404723

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