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'Love-o-Women' fails in its center because both Mulvaney and Kipling are unequal to it ... Kipling does not realize the complexity of what he is handling. Larry Tighe is scarcely drawn at all.Fenwick goes on to comment that the story descends into:
complex and unacceptable melodrama. While Kipling wrote many more serious stories, he did not again attempt the kind of tragedy he seems to have had in mind in this story and in “The Courting of Dinah Shadd”. (Life's Handicap).Daniel Karlin comments:
The story ... belongs to a group of early tales of sexual passion and obsession, [such as] ‘Beyond the Pale,’ ‘On Greenhow Hill’ ... ‘Dray Wara Yow Dee’ and ‘In Flood Time’. Mulvaney’s prickly, compassionate, fearful attitude to ‘Love o’ Women’ anticipates Pyecroft’s feelings about Vickery in ‘Mrs. Bathurst’.