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We are translated into the serene upper skies of pure farce . . . drunkenness raised to the celestial plane.J M S Tompkins comments:
the first of Kipling’s full-size farces ..."'Brugglesmith'" stands alone among [them]. It is the only one in which the “I” is a protagonist; and the “I” is so close in stature, residence and circumstances to the Kipling recorded in the “Interregnum” chapter of Something of Myself that it has needed an effort of consistency to avoid using the proper name. . . . a double sacrifice to the spirits of irony and ridicule.Daniel Karlin writes (p. 569):
Although "The Village That Voted the Earth was Flat" is a greater farce in scope and depth, it is not more perfectly planned, and not funnier, than this consummate descent into indignity.At a discussion meeting in 1961, members of the Kipling Society voted "'Brugglesmith'" and “The Vortex” as Kipling’s funniest stories. (See KJ 140, p. 3 for a report of the discussion on humorous stories generally).