by John McGivering)
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…. a neat miniature example of Kipling’s attempts in fiction to show that the Indian and European minds work in quite different ways.J M S Tompkins (p. 233) observes : ' Love the destroyer is much in evidence in the early tales'. She cites this story, “Beyond the Pale”, "The Other Man”, “The Bisara of Pooree”, and others in Plain Tales from the Hills, believing that:
There is a strong note of violence and abandonment in these drastic scenes … It is in this region of grotesque and tragic illusion and grotesque and tragic reality that we find what is permanent in Kipling, not in his precocious and cleverish dealings with Simla flirtations and Mrs Hauksbee.With her usual acumen Dr Tompkins sees various women in Plain Tales as the components of “Mrs. Bathurst” whom she regards as the culmination of the theme of destruction.