"The Centaurs"

(notes by Isabel Quigly
and Lisa Lewis)

the poem
[January 25th 2005]

Publication history

First published in Debits and Credits as a postscript to the school-story “The United Idolaters”. See also “To the Companions” which introduces the same story.


Kipling uses Chiron as an image of Bates, the headmaster in “The United Idolaters” and Stalky & Co. The character was based on his own headmaster Cormell Price.

Notes on the text

[Page 107, line 8] Chiron a centaur, and teacher of young centaurs, famous for his knowledge of shooting, medicine, and music; also teacher of the great heroes of his age, Achilles, Jason, Aesculapius, etc.


©Lisa Lewis, Isabel Quigly 2005 All rights reserved