by David Page)
|notes on the text|
As it stands, the tale is not only queer but illogical and confusing, and the assumptions that seem to lie behind the apparent confusions could hardly have been brought out more clearly without the bizarre lapsing into the ludicrous. It is evidence that the difficulty inherent in complexity of premise and severe compression is not confined to Kipling’s later work. Even as it stands, however, I think it is a better and more alarming suggestion of the darkness that lies
A stone’s throw out on either handthan the stoked horrors of “At the End of the Passage”.
From that well-ordered road we tread,