The Centaurs

(notes by Isabel Quigly and Lisa Lewis)

Publication history

First published in Debits and Credits as a postscript to the school-story
“The United Idolaters”.
See also “To the Companions” which introduces the same story.


Kipling uses Chiron as an image of Bates, the headmaster in “The United Idolaters” and Stalky & Co. The character was based on his own headmaster Cormell Price.



Notes on the Text

[Page 107, line 8] Chiron a centaur, and teacher of young centaurs, famous for his knowledge of shooting, medicine, and music; also teacher of the great heroes of his age, Achilles, Jason, Aesculapius, etc.


©Lisa Lewis, Isabel Quigly 2005 All rights reserved