by John McGivering)
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After his return to England, Kipling again revived the “Three Musketeers” and then wrote the stories about them which have been most noticed by modern critics, "The Courting of Dinah Shadd", “On Greenhow Hill” (later in this volume) and “Love o’Women” (in Many Inventions). They made a deep impression on the public and won extravagant praise from some critics, bitter hostility from others. Liked or disliked, they could not be ignored.Philip Mason (p. 74) notes that: this story and “On Greenhow Hill”, are by some critics reckoned among the best stories Kipling ever wrote. There are three more in Many Inventions, and one of them, “Love o’Women”, is of high quality.
...it was regarded by both Lionel Johnson and Henry James as an example of Kipling at his best …. (his) colloquial achievement here is as good as it ever was, and is occasionally Shakespearian – or, more appropriately – Hardyean. It is immediately apparent that the author of this story about Mulvaney has had much more experience of life that the author of the earlier Soldiers Three, in which he also figured.See R L Green, The Critical Heritage (p. 92) for the review of this volume by Lionel Johnson, and ORG (Vol 2, p. 935) for Henry James. Charles Carrington (p. 106), Marghanita Laski (p. 33) and J M S Tompkins (several references) are among those who have noted the Shakespearian connection.