Rewards and Fairies
Rewards and Fairies is a historical fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling
published in 1910. The title comes from the poem "Farewell, Rewards
and Fairies" by Richard Corbet. The poem is referred to by the
children in the first story of the preceding book Puck of Pook's Hill.
Rewards and Fairies
Rewards and Fairies is set one year later chronologically although
published four years afterwards.
The book consists of a series of short stories set in historical times
with a linking contemporary narrative. Dan and Una are two children,
living in the
Sussex in the area of Kipling's own home
Bateman's. They have encountered Puck and he magically conjures up
real and fictional individuals from Sussex's past to tell the children
some aspect of its history and prehistory, though the episodes are not
always historically accurate. Another recurring character is Old
Hobden who represents the continuity of the inhabitants of the land.
His ancestors sometimes appear in the stories and seem very much like
Some stories contain elements of the supernatural as well as history.
Each story is preceded and followed by a poem, including If—, often
described as Britain's favourite poem. Other well known poems
included in the book are Cold Iron and The Way through the Woods.
1 Stories and poems
1.1 A Charm
1.3 Cold Iron
1.4 Cold Iron
1.5 The Two Cousins
1.7 The Looking-Glass
1.8 A Truthful Song
1.9 The Wrong Thing
1.10 King Henry VII and the Shipwrights
1.11 The Way Through the Woods
1.12 Marklake Witches
1.13 Brookland Road
1.14 The Run of the Downs
1.15 The Knife and the Naked Chalk
1.16 Song of the Men's Side
1.18 Brother Square-Toes
1.20 A St Helena Lullaby
1.21 A Priest in Spite of Himself
1.22 'Poor Honest Men'
1.23 Eddi's Service
1.24 The Conversion of St Wilfrid
1.25 Song of the Red War-Boat
1.26 An Astrologer's Song
1.27 A Doctor of Medicine
1.28 'Our Fathers of Old'
1.29 The Thousandth Man
1.30 Simple Simon
1.31 Frankie's Trade
1.32 The Ballad of Minepit Shaw
1.33 The Tree of Justice
1.34 A Carol
3 External links
Stories and poems
A poem which gives a charm to see the treasures of familiar places.
A brief summary of
Puck of Pook's Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill and the main characters.
There is a brief episode in which the children Dan and Una encounter
Puck again a year after their previous experience. Then Puck tells the
story of a young mortal taken by Fairies whose fate will be determined
by the first piece of iron that he encounters.
A poem which compares how various metals affect human life but states
in a recurring line that 'Iron—Cold Iron—is master of men all!' ,
ending with a reference to the iron nails used to crucify Jesus Christ
The Two Cousins
A poem which foreshadows the story making references to the devotion
of her courtiers to the Queen and the sacrifices they make.
Dan and Una meet a lady who the reader realises is Queen Elizabeth I.
She tells them about a mission to prevent the Spanish settling in
Virginia. (The Queen engages the services of two gallant young
lordlings who are willing to endure any peril in order to earn her
approval. She makes it clear that they must undertake their desperate
venture without her official blessing, and indeed that she will
officially denounce them before the Spanish King should the need
arise. It appears from the narrative as though the mission miscarried,
but the Queen is interested to know whether Dan and Una thought it was
right to send the young men.)
This poem shows an ageing Queen Elizabeth being taunted by the spirits
Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots and the Earl of Leicester for being too afraid
to look in a mirror. But the Queen rallies her courage as daughter of
King Henry VIII and looks at her ageing features.
A Truthful Song
This poem has two verses both deal with the theme how a craftsmen's
skills from the past can be applicable in modern life. The first verse
has an ancient Egyptian Pyramid builder and the second refers to the
Noah and shipbuilding.
The Wrong Thing
Sir Harry Dawe (introduced in 'Hal o' the Draft' in Puck of Pook's
Hill) tells Old Hobden and Dan about his design to decorate Henry
VII's ship Sovereign and how he gets knighted for advising the King
not to use it. (The story also involves Harry's rivalry with the
similarly gifted but jealous Benedetto. When Harry is knighted—not
for good work, but for giving the King advice that will save him some
money—he cannot help laughing since he had always hoped he would be
ennobled for his clever craftsmanship. Benedetto, who was on the point
of murdering him, sees him overcome with mirth and insists that he
should at least have his laugh out before dying, and by the time he
has understood the joke himself he is willing to drop their quarrel
King Henry VII and the Shipwrights
The King watches how his shipbuilders start to take apart a warship
for their own benefit until stopped by one of their fellows who admits
to some minor pilfering. He is promoted and the others punished and
the king advises him to 'steal in measure'.
The Way Through the Woods
The poem describes how an old road has been shut and taken back by
nature but still occasionally you can hear the ghostly presence of
A young girl dying of consumption, describes René Laennec's invention
of the stethoscope while a prisoner of war in Sussex. (The narrator,
Philadelphia Bucksteed, is clearly innocent of the seriousness of
her condition, believing it to be a "silly cough" that will disappear
when she goes to London. However, as she describes the reactions of M.
Laennec, "Witchmaster" Jerry Gamm, Doctor Break and her own father, it
is clear that they all know better. Laennec's presence in
Sussex as a
prisoner-of-war on parole is entirely Kipling's invention.)
A man falls in love with a mysterious silent girl who seems to be
The Run of the Downs
A poem about the South Downs and
Sussex naming various landmarks.
The Knife and the Naked Chalk
A neolithic shepherd barters with prehistoric metal working newcomers
for metal knives so that his people can fight off the marauding
Song of the Men's Side
This poem reprises the basic plot of the preceding story.
The poem refers to the story to follow and states that while men and
places in the story have passed, that the landscape and nature
Pharaoh Lee, known as Brother Square-Toes, is a
Sussex smuggler, in
1793 he ends up in
Philadelphia and lives there and among the Seneca
people. He attends a meeting of the Seneca and
George Washington where
Washington states that he will not fight with the French against
One of the most famous and popular poems in English, it gives guidance
on the ideal behaviour to be considered a man.
A St Helena Lullaby 
A poetic history of Napoleon's career.
A Priest in Spite of Himself
The continuation of Brother Square-Toes story and how he meets
Talleyrand while he was exiled in Philadelphia. Later Talleyrand
helped him recover his ship which had been seized as a prize by the
French Navy. (Talleyrand is keen to learn what was said in the
conversation between Washington and other White leaders, that was
witnessed by the Indian chiefs known as Red Jacket and Cornplanter,
but Pharaoh will not speak without Red Jacket's leave and he already
knows that Red Jacket has held his tongue out of loyalty to
Washington. Despite the inconvenience this causes Talleyrand, Pharaoh
expects that he will nevertheless wield as much influence in Europe as
he wishes, and Talleyrand accepts the compliment once he understands
that it is sincerely meant. Talleyrand respects his integrity enough
to repay him a favour before Napoleon Bonaparte himself.)
'Poor Honest Men' 
A lament of smugglers that after all their difficulties they are
treated as criminals not honest traders.
Eddi, one of St Wilfrid's priests in Manhood End (Selsey), holds a
midnight service and only a donkey and a bullock come, so he preaches
The Conversion of St Wilfrid
St Wilfrid tells Dan and Una how he converted Æthelwealh, the pagan
king of Sussex, by showing tolerance for his old faith in Wotan while
they were in danger.
Song of the Red War-Boat
A Viking ship survives a storm by hard work and faith in
An Astrologer's Song
An astrologer's praise for his art and how the stars rule over
A Doctor of Medicine
Nicholas Culpeper explains how he stopped the plague in a Sussex
village by getting the rats killed for astrological reasons. (Although
Culpeper was already dead by the time of the
Great Plague of London
Great Plague of London in
1665 - 1666, lesser outbreaks were common occurrences during his life.
Culpeper prescribes the right course of action for all the wrong
reasons, but his shade, conjured by Puck, knows only what Culpeper
knew in life and naturally believes his reasoning to have been sound.)
'Our Fathers of Old' 
A poem which lists many medicinal plants and how they were boldly used
but laments that in the past medical knowledge was poor and mostly
The Thousandth Man
How one man in a thousand is a true friend who will stand by you
Rye shipbuilder tells a story about
Francis Drake and the Spanish
A sea shanty style poem of how
Francis Drake learned his skills as a
sailor and to fight against the Spanish.
The Ballad of Minepit Shaw
Two poachers are saved by falling into a pit but claim they were
hidden by a fairy.
The Tree of Justice
Sir Richard Dalyngridge from
Puck of Pook's Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill explains how King
Harold survived the
Battle of Hastings
Battle of Hastings and ended up a blind beggar.
A lament of the hardships of winter but asking And who shall judge the
Lord? for bringing them.
^ "Farewell, Rewards and Fairies" in English Poetry I: Chaucer to
Gray, The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XL
^ Emma Jones (2004) The Literary Companion Robson, 2004.
^ Mike Robinson (2004) Literature and tourism. p.61, Cengage Learning
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