Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
This harsh discipline of mechanical laws is praised in 'The Sons of Martha' about the unthanked men who 'take the buffet and cushion the shock'. The fact that:
'they do not preach that their God will rouse them a little before the nuts work loose.earns Kipling's most admiring praise.
They do not teach that His Pity allows them to drop their job when they dam' well choose'
Since both his grandfathers had been Wesleyan ministers, he must have heard plenty of biblical talk at home, and even if he had not, the favorite form of punishment meted out to him during his stay at Southsea would have supplied the lack. Afternoons upstairs with the Collects or portions of the Bible to learns provided him with an endless fund of texts upon which to draw. The ones he does draw upon are scattered through very nearly the whole length of the Bible.