by John McGivering)
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The relapse of the converted Indian is a favourite theme with this cynical observer of human nature. It is depicted in (this story) with a rattling humour worthy of Lever…Angus Wilson (p.92) likens this to:
a disaster as great as Dan and Peachey’s kingdom… but there is a difference, for “The Man who would be King” (Wee Willie Winkie) ends in horror, while the Krenks are driven out by a rather schoolboyish joke (a sort of tribal Stalkyism)...J M S Tompkins points to this story and “The Sending of Dana Da” (later in this volumes) as two of his early tales of revenge with malicious and farcical counterstrokes (p.121) and reminds us (p.231) that:
...C. S. Lewis has pointed out that Kipling was the first writer of fiction in England to deal with that large and often passionate area of experience that includes the relation of a man to his work and to the men whose work interacts with his.