Notes on the text
These notes, by Alan Underwood, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. For some of the Sterndale references we are indebted to Dr Daniel Karlin's notes for the Penguin edition of 1987. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of The Second Jungle Book, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
'For the Pack – for the Full Pack – for the lair and the litter; for the in-kill and the out-kill; for the mate that drives the doe and the little, little cub within the cave; it is met! it is met! it is met!”[Page 221, line 16] paying debts There are numerous differences between the First English and First American editions, particularly in this story. The standard editions (and the Sussex) generally follow the First American texts, sometimes with unfortunate results, see note on 'Sunol' (The Jungle Book, p. 252, l. 9). In the First English Edition the sentence here reads: 'He had the good conscience that comes from paying a just debt; and all the Jungle was his friend, for all the jungle was afraid of him'. [Some more trivial differences are not listed in these notes: Ed.]
The Pack answered with one deep crashing bark. “It is met!” they cried.
...these animals hunt and kill leopards...they are excessively destructive to game, and sometimes to domestic aniumals, even buffaloes not being safe from them; their method is apparently for some to tear the animal open from behind, while others make a frontal attack. A sambhur stag has been known to have nine inches of his windpipe torn out by a bite...Sterndale himself quotes reports of people that had tried to keep dholes in captivity:
[Mammalia 1929 update by Frank Finn, p. 120]
'as ill-conditioned brutes as it is possible to conceive', 'the most snarling, ill-mannered and detestable beast I have ever encountered'.[Page 225, line 18] Won-tolla See Kipling's list of names. Sterndale notes:
[Mammalia, 1884 edition p. 240.]
Sometimes a lone wolf is seen to seek his prey singly; these are called Won-tola and are reckoned particularly fierce.[Page 225, line 27] The Dekkan or Deccan. See Kipling's list of names.
[Mammalia, 1884 edition pp. 234-5.]
There are some rocks above a river near Jubbulpore in India where wild bees have lived for many years. Nobody goes near them if he can avoid it, for sometimes they attack and kill men and horses. i.e. in Seeonee. [See Kipling's list of names.][Page 237, line 16] did not know the law 'did not know.' in First English Edition.
...runs in a long lobbing canter, unapt at the double ... maintaining the chase more by power of smell that by the eye, and usually overcome by force and perseverance.[Page 250, line 26] back to sleep In First English Edition followed by: 'and I will turn also. I do not help wolves. A wolf came running…'
[Mammalia, 1884 edition pp. 241-2.]