Notes on the text
These notes draw on those written by Lisa Lewis for the OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS edition of Just So Stories (1995) with the kind permission of Oxford University Press, together with material from the Kipling Society's ORG. The page numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Just So Stories.
This is the stori of Taffimai all ritten out on an old tusk. If u begin at the top left hand corner and go on to the right u can see for urself the things as tha happened.Runes were supposed to have magic properties: in the Icelandic Egil’s Saga, an ignorant would-be lover makes his beloved ill by putting a misspelt love rune in her bed. The male figures on the tusk appear North American; the principal female figure looks like a cartoon portrait of Mrs Kipling.
On the right side: The reason that I spell it queerli is because there are not enugh letters in the Runic alphabet for all the ourds hat I ouant to use to u o Belofed.
The part below the tusk is given in ORG: This is the identical tusk on ouch the tale of Taffimai ous ritten and etched by the author.