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…the two of them, laying him east and west, that the mysterious earth-currents which thrill the clay of our bodies might help and no hinder, took him to pieces one long afternoon – bone by bone, muscle by muscle, ligament by ligament, and lastly, nerve by nerve…


This is from Kim. Kim has come back exhausted in mind and body from an eventful journey through the high mountains, after a violent encounter with two Russian agents. He has looked after the old lama, who is himself weak and tired, and has been constantly worried about how best to hand over the secret papers he has captured. Now he has reached sanctuary in the house of the Sahiba, who is setting about nursing him back to health.