by John McGivering)
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Kipling … allows his characters to expose one another for what they are. He is not at his best in this artificial form … dialogue ... but I doubt whether any other Englishman writing in 1888 could have exposed so coldly and neatly the itch of mutual distrust that afflicts a couple on the eve of an adulterous elopement.André Maurois, (p. 24) maintains that this story is truly tragic, as fully charged with real sorrow as certain scenes in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. A contemporary review in Blackwood’s Magazine quoted by Norman Page , p.94. called it a masterpiece.