Quotes Bateman’s I


Out of the woods that know everything and tell nothing, came two dark and mysterious Primitives. They had heard. They would sink that well, for they had ‘the gift’. Their tools were an enormous wooden trug, a portable windlass whose handles were curved, and smooth as ox horns, and a short-handled hoe…


This is from Chapter VII of Something of Myself, The Very-own House“.

Kipling is describing the sinking of a well at Bateaman’s Sussex house, in which they found many traces of people who had lived there in the past, a Jacobean tobacco pipe, a worn Cromwellian lateen spoon, and the bronze cheek of a Roman horse-bit.