by John McGivering)
... a petite woman with a darting original intelligence. A warm Irtish smile lit up her rounded face, with its full lips, largish nose, and flashing violet eyes.As Andrew Lycett explains (p. 183), she was an important source for Rudyard's stories of life in Simla. And Angus Wilson (p. 88) clearly approves of 'Mrs Hauksbee':
...her civilising compassionate mission, to repair broken marriages, and decure posts for gifted men instead of favourite nephews of big pots who might have git them, to prise young innocents out of the hands of deathly, predatory women, and to ward off snobbish or mercenary relatives from interferihng with the true love of their young ...In "Mrs Hauksbee Sits Out" we see her on the top of her form.
A set o' dull, conceited hashes.Mrs. Mallowe appears in several stories in this series.
Confuse their brains in college classes! ...
O Thou wha gies us each guid gift!
Gie me o' wit an' sense a lift, ...
["A True Story", Death and Doctor Hornbook]