of a Private"
by John McGivering)
|notes on the text|
In every barrack-room there is always one unfortunate man … who hates his companions and in return is hated by them (page 12).Discussing these soldier stories, Alan Sandison (page 74) says:
With very great clarity Kipling brings home the intensity of the pressures which these men endured. Forced to serve in the middle of an alien and hostile country in stations like Fort Amara, the petty frustrations of military regimentation swell to intolerable proportions, enormously aggravated by unpleasant and dangerous diseases.Sandison then quotes the poem “Cholera Camp".