the Earth was Flat
Notes on the text
These notes, edited by John Radcliffe, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG notes by Roger Lancelyn Green, with contributions from P W Inwood. We have also been grateful to Kate Macdonald, of the University of Ghent, for suggesting a number of points which need clarification for overseas readers, and to Alastair Wilson for various comments and suggestions. The page and, line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of A Diversity of Creatures, as published and frequently reprinted between 1917 and 1950.
By the Grace of God. Master Ridley, we have lit such a candle in England this day as shall never be put out[Page 179 line 15] Reuters and the Press Association Two of the great news agencies: both are still (2008) functioning in London, though for Reuters news is now only about a tenth of its business.
'Last night I lay a sleeping'Kipling had already taken the refrain from another of Weatherley's songs and developed it into his poem "The Gipsy Trail". (see KJ 119).
and the refrain
Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Lift up your voice and sing!
Hosanna in the highest, Hosanna to your King!...
Some village-Hampden, that with dauntless breast[Page 195 line 29] triple-dubs 'dubs' here means fees or salary. In this case it refers to extra fees against the income from sales of recordings, still a lively issue for actors and musicians in the 21st Century.
The little tyrant of his fields withstood,
Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest,
Some Cromwell, guiltless of his country's blood.
'We should like to have seen the Secretary of State's answer to Mr Pallant's question. It is, alas, lost, for the House went into hysterics, and nearly into the Gubby dance. If Mr Kipling reads The Justice of the Peace. and none can ever guess the limits of that omnivorous reader, he may be moved to tell us the answer.'Perhaps the truth is that Kipling had to invent an issue relating to Huckley, even a spurious one, for hysteria to strike the assembled legislators in the final scene.