by John McGivering)
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Plain Tales from the Hills has its weaknesses, but as a body of work produced by a young man juist entering his majority it is an astonishing literary tour de force. in which the whole emerges as better than the best of its parts.('Majority' in this context then indicated that a man had attained the age of 21 and was able to vote in parliamentary elections, enter into contracts etc. Ed.)
Kipling’s most offensive story on this theme though kindly meant is “His Chance in Life.” Miss Vezzis the nursemaid, ‘black as a boot came from a family that ‘lived on the borderline’ … (she summarises the story and continues….) Kipling did not mean to be offensive. He had nothing against Eurasians in their right places – which were not in Sahib’s social lives or their jobs.See also "The Bold 'Prentice" Land and Sea Tales, and "Among the Railway Folk" in From Sea to Sea. vol II.