by David Page)
|notes on the text|
a little, brown, thin, almost skinny, woman, with big, rolling, violet-blue eyes, and the sweetest manners in the world. You had only to mention her name at afternoon teas for every woman in the room to rise up and call her not blessed. She was clever, witty, brilliant, and sparkling beyond most of her kind; but possessed of many devils of malice and mischievousness. She could be nice, though, even to her own sex.She is thought to have been based on Isabella Burton, described by Andrew Lycett in his Rudyard Kipling, as "the fiery Irish-born wife of an intelligence officer attached to the Ist Bengal Lancers, better known as Skinners Horse...a petite woman with a darting, original intelligence."
There was nothing good about Mrs. Reiver, unless it was her dress. She was bad from her hair—which started life on a Brittany girl’s head—to her boot-heels, which were two and three-eighth inches high. She was not honestly mischievous like Mrs. Hauksbee; she was wicked in a businesslike way. There was never any scandal—she had not generous impulses enough for that. She was the exception which proved the rule that Anglo-Indian ladies are in every way as nice as their sisters at Home. She spent her life in proving that rule.Mrs Mallowe is the ‘one bosom friend’ of Mrs Hauksbee – she is of a comfortable if indolent nature, distinctly fond of chocolates, and of her fox-terrier Tim, an easygoing person, and, unlike Mrs Hauksbee, inclined to think the best of everyone.
|1. "Three and–an Extra"||Plain Tales from the Hills|
|2. “The Rescue of Pluffles”||Plain Tales from the Hills|
|3. “Consequences”||Plain Tales from the Hills|
|4. “Kidnapped”||Plain Tales from the Hills|
|5. “In Error”||Plain Tales from the Hills|
|6. “Venus Annodomini”||Plain Tales from the Hills|
|7. “The Education of Otis Yeere”||Wee Willie Winkie|
|8. “A Second-Rate Woman”||Wee Willie Winkie|
|9. “A Supplementary Chapter”||Abaft the Funnel|
|10. “The Last of the Stories”||Abaft the Funnel|
|11. “Mrs Hauksbee Sits Out”||Sussex Edition (reprinted in Kipling Journal 287 and 288, Sept and Dec 1998 )|
'Will you be good enough to tell them to bring my horse? I do not trust your honour—you have none—but I believe your sense of shame will keep you from speaking of my visit.'