These notes are based on those written by Donald Mackenzie for the OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS edition of Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies (1995) with the kind permission of Oxford University Press. Except where stated otherwise, the page numbers below refer to the Macmillan Uniform Edition of Rewards and Fairies (1910, and frequently reprinted since).
...'All art is one, man, one !' says Hal o' the Draft...thus Mr Springett's Village Hall ... will be pukka, permanent, to endure when all memory of the builder has perished...
...if, as Hal discovers... art is not produced in an egotistical frenzy, 'all in a heat after supper', then the self-forgetting plural voices of the narrative are all the more necessary to it..
So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city.[Page 64, line 19] went no deeper than the plaster Kipling records that his father liked "Hal o' the Draft" and its sequel; `which latter he embellished, notably in respect to an Italian fresco-worker, whose work never went 'deeper than the plaster'. He said that "judicious leaving alone" did not apply between artists.' (Something of Myself p. 188).
And the Lord God prepared a gourd and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.
But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live.
And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd ? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night.
And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle. [Jonah 4,5-11]
cock 22, 'leading . . . often with the notion of assuming the chief place, swaggering'.[Page 68, line 6] Bob Brygandyne Philip Holberton writes:
Robert Brigandyne was a real person. He was Clerk of the King’s Ships under Henry VII (1485-1509) and continued to hold the post into the reign of Henry VIII.[Page 68, line 14] one of the King's ships - the Sovereign was her name Henry VII, who took an interest in shipping and had the first dry-dock built in England, hired out his warships for trading when they were not required for the royal service. The Sovereign (completed in 1490), one of the most massive ships built in England to this date, is recorded as having made a trading voyage to the Levant.
From Great Harry’s Navy by Geoffrey Moorhouse (Phoenix paperback, 2005, page 11): 'The work at Portsmouth was supervised by Robert Brigandine, ‘yeoman of the Crown’ and newly appointed Clerk of the King’s Ships.'
The 'work' in question was the building of the first dry dock. According to Moorhouse (page 12), the dock was designed specifically for the repair of two large 'carracks', one of which was the Sovereign (see the note below on p. 68 line 14).
The phrase in inverted commas, ‘yeoman of the Crown,’ is particularly interesting in view of Kipling's words in the poem:
'...With that he set the pott on his head and hied him up the hatch,And later:
While all the shipwrights ran below to find what they might snatch;
All except Bob Brygandyne and he was a yeoman good.'
'...Our King appointed Brigandyne to be Clerk of all his ships.'In his notes on sources, Moorhouse cites Oppenheim, M, A History of the Administration of the Royal Navy and of Merchant Shipping in Relation to the Navy from MDIX to MDCILX (New York, 1961 edn) p. 36. [P.H.]