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.
Goodness me -[Page 254, line 8] mahseer one of the species of the fish Barbus found in the larger Indian rivers; see Hobson-Jobson, p.538.
Why, what was that ?
It was the cat !
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,[Page 258, line 20] hysterics over-action of some parts of the nervous system – peculiar behaviour, laughter and weeping – see Black, p. 284 ff. Kipling exaggerates here; it is probably merely uncontrollable laughter caused by relief of tension, a motif that occurs many times in his work and is discussed extensively by the commentators.
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
[Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 1, scene 5.]