The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Tales, also known as The Phantom 'Rickshaw & other Eerie Tales, is a collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling, first published in 1888.
1 The Phantom 'Rickshaw 2 My Own True Ghost Story 3 The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes 4 The Man Who Would Be King 5 External links
The Phantom 'Rickshaw
After an affair with a Mrs. Agnes Keith-Wessington in Simla, the
narrator, Jack, repudiates her and eventually becomes engaged to Miss
Kitty Mannering. Yet Mrs. Wessington continually reappears in Jack's
life, begging him to reconsider, insisting that it was all just a
mistake. But Jack wants nothing to do with her and continues to spurn
her. Eventually Mrs. Wessington dies, much to Jack's relief. However,
some time thereafter he sees her old rickshaw and assumes that someone
has bought it. Then, to his astonishment, the rickshaw and the men
pulling it pass through a horse, revealing themselves to be phantoms,
bearing the departed ghost of Mrs. Wessington. This leads Jack into
increasingly erratic behavior which he tries to cover up by concocting
increasingly elaborate lies to assuage Kitty's suspicions. Eventually
a Dr. Heatherlegh takes him in, supposing the visions to be the result
of disease or madness. Despite their efforts, Kitty and her family
become increasingly suspicious and eventually call off the engagement.
Jack loses hope and begins wandering the city aimlessly, accompanied
by the ghost of Mrs. Wessington.
My Own True Ghost Story
The narrator, while staying at a dâk-bungalow in Katmal, India, hears
someone in the next room playing billiards. He assumes that it is a
group of doolie-bearers who've just arrived. The next morning he
complains, only to learn that there were no coolies in the
dâk-bungalow the night before. The owner then tells him that ten
years ago it was a billiard-hall. An engineer who'd been fond of the
billiard hall had died somewhere far from it and they suspected that
it was his ghost that occasionally came to visit it.
The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes
One evening Morrowbie Jukes, an Englishman, is feeling a bit feverish
and the barking of the dogs outside his tent is upsetting him. So he
mounts his horse in order to pursue them. The horse bolts and they
eventually fall into a sandy ravine on the edge of a river. He awakens
the next morning to find himself in a village of the living dead,
where people who appear to have died of, for instance, cholera, but
who revived when their bodies were about to be burned, are imprisoned.
He quickly learns that it is impossible to climb out because of the
sandy slope. And the river is doubly treacherous with quicksand and a
rifleman who will try to pick them off. He recognizes one man there, a
The Phantom 'Rickshaw and Other Tales
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Plain Tales from the Hills (1888)
"Mowgli's Brothers" "Kaa's Hunting" "Tiger! Tiger!" "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
"Letting in the Jungle" "Red Dog"
All the Mowgli Stories (c. 1895)
The Seven Seas (1896, poetry)
The Day's Work (1898)
Stalky & Co. (1899)
Just So Stories
"The Absent-Minded Beggar" "The Ballad of the "Clampherdown"" "The Ballad of East and West" "The Beginnings" "The Bell Buoy" "The Betrothed" "Big Steamers" "Boots" "Cold Iron" "Dane-geld" "Danny Deever" "A Death-Bed" "The Female of the Species" "Fuzzy-Wuzzy" "Gentleman ranker" "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" "Gunga Din" "Hymn Before Action" "If—" "In the Neolithic Age" "The King's Pilgrimage" "The Last of the Light Brigade" "The Lowestoft Boat" "Mandalay" "The Mary Gloster" "McAndrew's Hymn" "My Boy Jack" "Recessional" "A Song in Storm" "The Sons of Martha" "Submarines" "The Sweepers" "Tommy" "Ubique" "The White Man's Burden" "The Widow at Windsor"
".007" "The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly" "Baa Baa, Black Sheep" "Bread upon the Waters" "The Broken Link Handicap" "The Butterfly that Stamped" "Consequences" "The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin" "Cupid's Arrows" "The Devil and the Deep Sea" "The Drums of the Fore and Aft" "Fairy-Kist" "False Dawn" "A Germ-Destroyer" "His Chance in Life" "His Wedded Wife" "In the House of Suddhoo" "Kidnapped" "Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris" "Lispeth" "The Man Who Would Be King" "A Matter of Fact" "Miss Youghal's Sais" "The Mother Hive" "Ortheris" "The Other Man" "The Rescue of Pluffles" "The Ship that Found Herself" "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo" "The Taking of Lungtungpen" "Three and – an Extra" "The Three Musketeers" "Thrown Away" "Toomai of the Elephants" "Watches of the Night" "Wireless" "Yoked with an Unbeliever"
Law of the jungle Aerial Board of Control My Boy Jack (1997 play) Rudyard Kipling: A Remembrance Tale (2006 documentary) My Boy Jack (2007 film)
Elsie Bambridge (daughter)