Notes on the text
These notes, by Alan Underwood, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of The Jungle Book, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
[The First English Edition has “Tiger!, Tiger!”]
He certainly had no notion of what fear was, for when the village priest told him that the god in the temple would be angry if he ate the priest’s mangoes, he picked up the image, brought it over to the priest’s house, and asked the priest to make the god angry and he would be happy to fight him. It was a horrible scandal, but the priest hushed it up and Messua’s husband paid much good silver to comfort the god. And Mowgli …[Page 95, line 29] caste In India, a caste is a hereditary group or social class, marrying within the group or class, having a common name and frequently a single common occupation, or certain related occupations.