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…The sky above them was an intense velvety black, changing to bands of Indian red on the horizon, where the great stars burned like street-lamps …Then they could see the ridged and furrowed surface of the floe tipped and laced with strange colours – red, copper, and bluish…and through this waste, where the sudden lights flapped and went out again, the sleigh and the two that pulled it crawled like things in a nightmare …


This is from “Quiquern” in The Second Jungle Book.

It is a tale of how a small clan of the Inuit people, the Eskimos, narrowly survive the rigours of a savage winter on the Arctic ice.