Discussion: ‘The Light that Failed’

On Thursday 20th April at 6pm there was an online meeting to discuss Kipling’s The Light That Failed, his first novel and an intriguing tale of unrequited love, art, war and male comradery. Unfortunately the…

The web-site since the Face-lift

As the nights get longer in northern latitudes use of the internet tends to increase. Our reader numbers are currently some 3008 a day, sometimes a little higher sometimes lower. The verse is the main…

Recording of 1 February 2023 meeting

On 1 February 2023, Rufus Vaughn-Spruce spoke to the Society on the topic ‘The Other Man Who Could Write: Stephen Wheeler as Man of Letters’. The recording of Rufus’s talk and the discussion which followed…

The King’s Pilgrimage

On 16 November 2022, Christopher Kreuzer gave a talk to the Society on the 1922 visit of King George V to the Flanders war graves, the subject of Kipling’s poem ‘The King’s Pilgrimage’, during which…

A tour of Bateman’s

The film shown at the Society’s meeting on 21 September 2022 can now be viewed online….

A Kipling playlist on Spotify

We have put together this Spotify playlist with a selection of Kipling-related music containing both his verses set to music and music inspired by his works. If there is something you know is already…

Verse on our Facebook page

After three years of posts titled ‘Verse of the Week’, we have over six hundred followers, though with sharing this multiplies up. On March 20th for example, we had a ‘reach’ of more than six…

In the Kipling Library, April 13th

April 13th 2022 at 1800 BST on Zoom: members joined  Dr Toby Parker, the Society’s Honorary Archivist and John Walker, our Hon. Librarian, in a celebration of rare or unusual books and ephemera to be…

Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

From his three hundred and fifty stories and nine hundred poems Kipling has contributed more familiar quotations to our language than anyone since Shakespeare. Here’s another group of three for you to identify …

  1. The huge, mouse-coloured Brahminee bull of the ward was shouldering his way through the many-coloured crowd, a stolen plantain hanging out of his mouth. He headed straight for the shop, well knowing his privileges as a sacred beast, lowered his head, and puffed heavily along the line of baskets here making his choice. Up flew Kim’s hard little heel and caught him on his moist blue nose. He snorted indignantly, and walked away across the tram rails, his hump quivering with rage.


  2. “I say, throw it back.”

    Kim pitched it at random. It fell short and crashed into fifty pieces, while the water dripped through the rough veranda boarding.

    “I said it would break.”  “All one. Look at it. Look at the largest piece.”  …  Kim looked intently; Lurgan Sahib laid one hand gently on the nape of the neck, stroked it twice or thrice, and whispered: “Look! It shall come to life again…”


  3. It was too late. Before Kim could ward him off, the Russian struck the old man full on the face. Next instant he was rolling over and over down hill with Kim at his throat. The blow had waked every unknown Irish devil in the boy’s blood, and the sudden fall of his enemy did the rest.

Here are the sources of these extracts

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