Cry “Murder”

(notes edited by John McGivering)


This is the heading to His Wedded Wife in Plain Tales from the Hills (1888). It is attributed by Kipling to to ‘Vibart’s Moralities’ and collected as a Chapter Heading in successive collections, including Definitive Verse and the 2013 Cambridge Edition.

Notes on the Text

‘Art thou the man ?’ Perhaps an echo of 2 Samuel 12,7: ‘Thou art the man’.

Cain murdered his brother Abel, Genesis 4, 8. See Kipling’s poem “Cain and Abel”.

Daniel Hadas adds:  ‘for the idea of Cain as hunted, see Genesis 4.11-16.’ [D.H.]


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