The Smith Administration
THE KILLING OF HATIM TAI
Notes edited by David Page, with advice on medical and other matters from Dr Richard Haythornthwaite. In preparing these notes, the present Editor has drawn where appropriate on those of the ORG.
But come with old Khayyam, and leave the LotThe Glossary in the Collins Classics Edition of 1953 says that Hatim Tai was a pre-Islamic Arab famed for his generosity.
Of Kaikobad and Kaikhosru forgot:
Let Rustum lay about him as he will,
Or Hatim Tai cry Supper—heed them not.
[First Edition, 1859]
We were, fair queen,[Page 369, line 18] seven-pounder an artillery piece that fired a seven pound shell (3.2 kg).
Two lads that thought there were no more behind
But such a day to-morrow as to-day,
And to be boy eternal.
A Jungle-dweller gets to learn by experience as much as many doctors know of poisonous plants and berries. Mowgli sniffed the smoke that came up from the fire, broke off a morsel of the blackened bread, tasted it, and spat it out again.
‘Apple of Death,’ he coughed. ‘The first must have made it ready in the food for these, who killed him, having first killed the Gond.’
‘Good hunting, indeed! The kills follow close,’ said Bagheera. ‘Apple of Death’ is what the jungle call thorn-apple or dhatura, the readiest poison in all India.