by John McGivering)
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"This is almost self-parody. It is meant to impress - but this time with a special esoteric kind of knowledge denied to the rest of us...Anyone who has ever passed an examination must know something of the trick of implying that the knowledge displayed is only the tip of the ice-berg...
"Mr Wade confessed that he never really liked Strickland but felt guilty about it: a feeling akin to not liking games at school.See also “Kipling, Policing India and the Uncanny” a paper by Jo Collins, University of Kent, delivered at the Kent Conference in September 2007.
"He attended Mr. Greenwood's examination of "The Return of Imray" in April 1976, and was inspired to look into the question of why, in fact, Imray did return, and to take a long cool look at what Kipling tells us about Strickland, who is mentioned in connection with twenty specific crimes. Three of them were solved by Strickland. Kipling uses an oddly qualified form of words for two of them. Two were solved by Strickland's dog and two were solved by his son, but Strickland's incompetence causes many innocent people to be arrested. Of the remaining thirteen crimes, twelve were committed by Strickland himself, while he was an accessory after the fact in the last one.
"There is something else that Kipling tells us about Strickland; natives hated and feared him, not native criminals, but natives in general. This point is made in "Miss Youghal's Sais" and "The Return of lmray". So no wandering puppeteers display Strickland's adventures to cheering Indian crowds and no mothers in the Rukh sing."