Notes on the text
Notes by David Page. The page and line numbers below refer to the Authorised Edition of Abaft the Funnel published by Doubleday and Page, New York, in 1909.
No man can save himself, nor save the soul of his brother, nor find a ransom, nor procure an offering for the expiating of his sin; . . .This comes from a sermon delivered by Stephen Crisp, at Devonshire House, 5 August 1691, 'Scripture Truth Demonstrated in a Series of Sermons or Declarations of Stephen Crisp', Part II. York: Alexander & Son, 1822, pages 364-385. [http://www.qhpress.org/quakerpages/qhoa/peacewith.htm]
In ’85 I was made a Freemason by dispensation (Lodge Hope and Perseverance 782 E.C.), being under age, because the Lodge hoped for a good Secretary.[Page 14, line 9] Inferno A reference to "L’Inferno" (Hell) by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the first section of his great three-part work, the Divine Comedy.
‘For though that thing we worship doth bring us ruin, and Love being more pitiless than Death, we in turn do pay all our sorrow back, yet we must worship on, yet stretch out our arms towards our lost Desire, and pour our heart's blood upon the shrine of our discrowned God.’This is one of only four references in Kipling’s stories to the work of his contemporary and friend, Haggard. Kipling must have read it very soon after publication. The other three references are: