Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Life's Handicap, as published and frequently reprinted between 1891 and 1950.
On the gun-butt scoreIt is said that gun-fighters in the American Wild West cut notches on the butts of their revolvers to keep count of the men they had killed. This editor has never heard of numbers being scored before the fight as a sort of “To Do” list. [P.H.]
The vengeance we must take.
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come …. there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind … and they began to speak with other tongues…See also Acts 20, 16. Pentecost is a festival in the Jewish calendar and is called 'Whit Sunday' in the Christian churches.
…look into the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.[Page 109, line 9] springs this may be Kipling’s writing again – it should be “sprigs”, small branches.
[Isaiah, 51,1. See also Psalms 35, 7 and 119,85.]