Quotes Revenge

September 3rd to 9th


I, being still blinded by her beauty, for, O my friend, the women of the Abazai are very fair, said: ‘Hast thou no fear?’ And she answered: ‘None—but only the fear that I do not die.’ Then said I ‘Have no fear.’ And she bowed her head, and I smote it off at the neck-bone so that it leaped between my feet.


This is from “Dray Wara Yow Dee” – ‘A;; three are one, collected in In Black and White in So ldiers Three and Other Stories.

The story-teller meets a Pathan horse-dealer, whose life is consumed by the desure for revenge on the lover of his beautiful wife.

Arriving early from a journey he had caught them together, and slaughtered his wife, but the lover had escaped him.

Now he is pursuing him, tireless and implacable.

‘“Understand, gentlemen,” I said. “If the Breslau is made a sixteen-day boat, ye’ll find another engineer.”

‘“Bannister makes no objection,” said Holdock.

‘“I’m speakin’ for myself,” I said. “Bannister has bairns.” An’ then I lost my temper. “Ye can run her into Hell an’ out again if ye pay pilotage,” I said, “but ye run without me.”


This is frpm “Bread upon the Waters” collected in The Day’s Work.

McPhee is a ship’s engineer of many years’’ service. His company, Holdock, Steiner. amd Chase,  has new men on the board, keen to save money. They  want to cut the time across  the Atlantic from eighteen days to sixteen. He knows and says that this cannot be done without expensive refitting that they will not o pay for, and they sack him .

He is quickly hired by a rival company, and discovers that Holdock’s are sending a vessel to sea with a crack in its propellor  shaft. He follows, and in heavy weather  the propellor drops off. The crew are rescued by a passing liner.

At risk of his life he goes on board and salvages the ship.  It is a  heavy loss to Holdock’s and has made him a wealthy man.  But – more important – he has his revenge.

Sir Thomas explained that he was sick and tired of processions of cads of our type, who would be better employed breaking stones on the road than in frightening horses worth more than themselves or their ancestors …  There were other remarks too—primitive enough,—but it was the  brutality of the tone, even more than the quality of the justice, or the laughter of the audience that stung our souls out of all reason.


This is from “The Villlage that Voted the Earth was Flat” in A Diversity of Creatures.

A party of motorists are had up fpr speeding. They are fined, which matters little, but  also addressed  by the chairman of the bench, the  local landowner and  MP, who – unwisely – chooses to insult them.  With the next defendant,  a music hall impresario, who has also been insulted, they plot their revenge.

In an elaborate campaign, , involving skilfully placed newspaper stories, a show in the village  followed by a banquet,  and a song which sweeps the nation, they make Sir Thom as and his village a   laughing stock.

Revenge is sweet, though  the story-teller is staggered by the avalanche  or publicity they have launched.