Member of the Kipling Society
THE KIPLING JOURNAL. The Letter Bag. October 1930
In the No. 13 Journal, among the Crypticisms, Major Bewley writes about a matter which must have puzzled many people— namely, the many inaccuracies in " Mandalay." I can give an explanation of sorts, though I don't think Major Bewley will find it a very satisfying one. In 1925 I was travelling up the Irrawaddy by river-steamer, and as we approached Mandalay I was talking to a fellow-pasenger, a young Chinese who had lately returned home after spending a good many years at an English university and in Europe. We were discussing Mandalay, and the subject of Kipling's poem came up, and I wondered at these same inaccuracies. My companion told me that, some years before, he had met Kipling at a dinner or some such function. In the course of conversation with him he had asked him why, in that poem, he had made such a number of puzzling statements, and Kipling had merely laughed and answered, " Well, you must allow me some poetic licence!—Rachel M. Lloyd, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.
Aunt Rachel left Deborah a ruby brooch in her will with a note that the rubies were purchased cheaply in Burma in 1925
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Contains the special bookplate 'A Member of the Kipling Society' with the name of Rachel Lloyd, Dolobran, Moss Vale, NSW.