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Kipling went to the East End for ten minutes, and produced the best coster story every written.Another described the story as 'Foully indecent', and it was taken off some bookstalls.
...the story is a little sentimental but still greatly superior to the mass of realistic stories of London slum life that appeared under the influence of Zola in the nineties from Arthur Morrison or the writers for the Savoy ... the first really successful expression of that deep compassion for lonely and unloved women that ran alongside his superficial misogyny and outlived it to produce some of the finest stories of his last twenty years.See in particular "The Dog Hervey" and "Mary Postgate" in A Diversity of Creatures (1917), and "The Wish House" and "The Gardener" in Debits and Credits (1926). See also "Lispeth" in Plain Tales from the Hills (1888).