Kipling’s Forgotten Sister

A collection of previously unpublished writings by Kipling’s sister Trix, by Lorna Lee has been published. Michael Smith describes it as: “…a treasure trove of unpublished writings … and a fascinating collection of facts, memories, and photographs.”…

Barrack-Room Ballads

A paperback edition of Barrack-room Ballads has been published in Signet Classics with an new Introduction and Annotation by Andrew Lycett. (ISBN 0-451-52886-7)

Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

November 5th to 11th

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. ‘Be quick,’ said Athira; and Suket Singh was quick; but Athira was quick no longer. Then he lit the pile at the four corners and climbed on to it, re-loading the gunThe little flames began to peer up between the big logs atop of the brushwood.

    ‘The Government should teach us to pull the triggers with our toes,’ said Suket Singh grimly to the  moon.

  2. I slid from the boom into deep water, and behind me came the wave of the wrath of the river. I heard its voice and the scream of the middle part of the bridge as it moved from the piers and sank, and I knew no more till I rose in the middle of the great flood. I put forth my hand to swim, and lo! it fell upon the knotted hair of the head of a man. He was dead, for no one but I, the Strong One of Barhwi, could have lived in that race.

  3. From the black dark Bisesa held out her arms into the moonlight. Both hands had been cut off at the wrists, and the stumps were nearly healed.

    Then, as Bisesa bowed her head between her arms and sobbed, some one in the room grunted like a wild beast, and something sharp-knife, sword, or spear, thrust at Trejago in his boorka.

Here are the sources of these extracts

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