by John McGivering)
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...in which certain details of action and dialogue are given, from which the reader is expected to construct the story or the situation itself.Harry Ricketts writes (p. 98) of Plain Tales from the Hills:
Many of the stories, particularly those set in Simla, shared the high spirits of Departmental Ditties... Simla was Rud’s Illyria, a place where everyone fell in love, usually inappropriately; where identities were mistaken; where tricks were played on the self-regarding and the unwary; and where there were occasional glimpses of a darker undertow. A number of these stories featured the machinations of the witty widow, Mrs. Hauksbee.
Illyria is the scene of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
Undertow is a current below the surface, dangerous to swimmers
for Mrs Hauksbee see ORG vol. 1, p.5.