Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG, with additional material on medical matters by Dr Gillian Sheehan, and on military matters by Lt-Colonel Roger Ayers (RCA). The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Soldiers Three and Other Stories, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
Tweed said to Till:[Page 293, line 3] ekka a light pony-trap – driver and passenger sit cross-legged on a platform above the wheels.
'What makes you run so still?’
Till said to Tweed:
'Though you run with speed
And I run slow –
Where you drown one man
I drown two.’
The River Tweed divides England from Scotland, Till is a tributary.
Love heeds not caste nor sleep a broken bed.[Page 297, line 28] Muttra Matthra – one of the seven Holy Cities of the Hindus.
I went in search of love and lost myself.
...But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor BirthThere is also an echo of Romans, 8, 38:
When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth !
Nor height. nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.[Page 298, line 30] karaits deadly little rock-snakes – Bungarus caeruleus. “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi” catches one (The Jungle Book), and Badahur Khan dies when bitten by another, in “The Return of Imray.” (Life’s Handicap).