Chapter XIV

Notes on
the text

by Sharad Keskar

The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Kim, first published in 1901 and frequently reprinted since.

[Feb 25 2004]

[Page 358, verse heading] “all men need religion, but that the actual form that religion takes is not so important.” [Brigadier Alec Mason in ORG]

[Page 360, line 11] block-tea compressed powdered tea.

[Page 361, line 14] dunnage packing or stacking timber of no further use.

[Page 361, line 23] Woman of Shamlegh Lispeth in Plain Tales from the Hills.

[Page 362, line 24] ferril-backed books books with an iron-clasped locking device.

[Page 362, line 31] khud [Hindustani] A steep drop into a ditch. The Shamlegh one is precipitous.

[Page 363, line 26] swedging “folding and flattening.” [Brigadier Alec Mason in ORG]

[Page 364, line 33] in gross Shikast In block capitals; Kipling explains. [see text]

[Page 365, line 18] my husbands Hill-folk practice polyandry. [cf. the earlier entry]

[Page 365, line 22] the meaning walnut shells look like the male scrotum, The hint is a broad one, and Kim avoids Lisbeth’s sexual invitation by joking. But he does not pretend ignorance, and tells her: "It is almonds in the Plains". [Page 367, line 4]

[Page 368, line 28] speered for [Scots] asked, inquired about.

[Page 368, line 29] Kailung now Chilung.

[Page 368, line 31] Baralachi now Bara Lacha; it is north of the source of the Spiti river which joins the River Sutlej.

[Page 369, line 6] girt my loins took courage to set out. (A biblical phrase)

[Page 369, line 10] moraines The accumulation of rock debris on the banks of a glacier, or sometimes in the middle when two glaciers meet.

[Page 370, line 25] Bhotan-wards 'Towards Bhotan', now Bhutan. 'Bhotia' is Tibet, and 'Bhutan' means 'the end of Tibet'. The state of Bhutan lies on Tibet's eastern boundary.

[Page 372, line 15] Jamnotri the source of the River Jumna, just as Gangotri is the source of the River Ganges.

[Page 373, line 17] the delight of life is Nirvana, that spiritual state which sees the end of desires and, therefore, sufferings, and an end to the cycle of rebirths.