The story of Giffen, who was broken and disgraced, and saved a whole countryside at the expense of his own life, and who is now worshipped by the natives (in Bengal) is worthy of Bret Harte.This delighted Kipling, who as Harry Ricketts points out (p. 94) was 'a great admirer of Harte's humorous-pathetic verse and tales of Californian mining life.'
...They raised a temple to the local God,One assumes that he is referring to 'unsavoury' and 'banged'. But Dobree concedes that 'there is an ideas within the piece which might have been made into a poem.'
And burnt all manner of unsavoury things
Upon his altar, and created priests,
And blew into a conch and banged a bell...
Each one of the six hundred quick-footed, beady-eyed rank-and-file, at attention beside their rifles, believed serenely and unshakenly that the subaltern on the left flank of the line was a demi-god twice born – tutelary deity of their land and people.[Line 67] Solar Myth In the 1880’s there was ongoing academic debate among mythographers. Some held that the gods of myth were memories of actual tribal heroes, while others said that they were personifications of forces of nature, especially the sun – hence “solar myths”.
Pagett, M.P. was a liar, and a fluent liar therewith, -.
He spoke of the heat of India as “The Asian Solar Myth.