by John McGivering)
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It is in this region of grotesque and tragic illusion and grotesque and tragic reality that we find what is permanent in Kipling, not in his precocious and cleverish dealings with Simla flirtations and Mrs Hauksbee.Tompkins brackets this story with "The Other Man" in this collection, "A Wayside Comedy" in Wee Willie Winkie, and the later "Mrs Bathurst". She notes that the horror of "Beyond the Pale" is enhanced by its matter-of-fact narration.
At the opening of that shocking - deliberately shocking - story, "Beyond the Pale" ... he warns that: 'A man should, whatever happens, keep to his own caste, race and breed'.And Marghanita Laski (p. 39), in a passage called “The Interface and the Borderline” discusses relations between the races. and looks at some of the stories that reflect this thorny question, including “On the City Wall” in Soldiers Three:
The affair of Trejago and little Bisesa could never have come to good. Lasting amatory relationships between sahibs and Indian women were indeed beyond the pale; the converse, memsahib with Indian, was unthinkable. But the men were often lonely and the women exquisitely lovely. Kipling’s most moving story of an inter-racial relationship is “Without Benefit of Clergy” (in Life's Handicap).See also: