(notes edited by John Radcliffe. We are grateful to Alastair Wilson for a number of comments and suggestions)
The signs of the passing of the Simla season of 1885, have saddened me into all sorts of bewildering reflections.[Subtitle]
Lord! What was the good of it all?Kipling was to borrow the term 'Envoi' for the concluding poem of several of his verse collections, including the second and later editions of Departmental Ditties and Other Verses.
'... I don't know Gobind Sahai: or his bank, which may be a hole in the wall'.ink of derision and gall 'Gall; a bitter substance, implies bitterness and rancour. There is also a pun here, since oak galls, excrescences on the bark of the trees, could be used to make ink.
'You've never been a subaltern in debt ...'