Your patience, sirs

(notes by Sharad Keskar and Philip Holberton)


These lines are the heading to chapter IV of “The Naulahka” . They are to be found in The Definitive Edition of Kipling’s Verse (1940) and later collections.

The burnt mountain is Mount Etna, in Sicily.

Sula stands for Topaz.

Prey to the galleys of the Algerine Algiers was the home of the notorious Barbary pirates, who infested the Mediterranean for centuries.

For love of her for love of Kate: the necklace, the Naulahka, is in Rhatore, the Indian city where Kate is going as a nurse. Tarvin can use it both to get the railroad to Topaz and as an excuse to follow Kate.


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