Under the Deodars
Under the Deodars (published 1888) is a collection of short stories by
1 The Education of Otis Yeere
2 At the Pit's Mouth
3 A Wayside Comedy
4 The Hill of Illusion
5 A Second-rate Woman
6 Only a Subaltern
7 In the Matter of a Private
8 The Enlightenments of Pagett, M. P.
9 External links
The Education of Otis Yeere
Mrs. Hauksbee decides to start a salon in Simla, but Mrs. Mallowe
talks her out of it. She then explains to
Mrs. Hauksbee that she's
experiencing a mid-life crisis and that she came out of her own by
becoming an Influence in the life of a young man. So Mrs. Hauksbee
decides to try the same. Against Mrs. Mallowe's warnings, she chooses
Otis Yeere. Everything seems to be going according to plan—Otis
Yeere is coming up in the world, by virtue of his association with
Mrs. Hauksbee. And
Mrs. Hauksbee platonically encourages his
attentions. But one day she learns that everything has not gone
according to plan when he tries to kiss her.
At the Pit's Mouth
The wife of a man who is serving in the plains of India, leaving her
alone in Simla, enters into an extra-marital affair with a 'Tertium
quid'. They often rendezvous at the cemetery. On one occasion they see
a grave being dug and it ruins the atmosphere for them. They decide to
run away to
Tibet together, but while going the Tertium Quid's horse
is spooked. Horse and rider tumble from the road, which passes by the
cemetery. The Tertium Quid is killed in the fall and is buried in the
freshly dug grave.
A Wayside Comedy
Major and Mrs. Vansuythen come to live at the station of Kashima.
After a time, Mrs. Boulte comes to suspect that her husband has fallen
for Mrs. Vansuythen. So when he confronts her about whether she loves
him or not, she admits her own affair with Captain Kurrell. Mr. Boulte
is overjoyed and carries the news to Mrs. Vansuythen, imploring her to
run away with him. Mrs. Vansuythen, however, becomes distraught to
learn that she has not been the only one receiving attentions from
Captain Kurrell. The last to find out is Captain Kurrell, who loses
both women in one swoop. Mrs. Vansuythen informs both men that she
hates them and refuses to see either again. Mr. Boulte and Captain
Kurrell become friends, so that both may prevent the other from
causing either Mrs. Boulte or Mrs. Vansuythen any grief.
The Hill of Illusion
A man just come back from the plains of India to see his fiancée, but
becomes jealous when he learns that she has been keeping appointments
with other men while he has been away. She then asks if he's ever
courted any other girls and becomes jealous when he admits that he
has. When they part company she begins acting evasively, prompting him
to suspect that one of those men was more significant than he'd
A Second-rate Woman
Mrs. Hauksbee gossips with Mrs. Mallowe and is highly critical of Mrs.
Delville, whom she calls 'The Dowd' (on account of her out-of-style
dress), and a man whom she calls 'The Dancing Master' (because he
dances so poorly), who seems to be courting her.
Mrs. Hauksbee becomes
more alarmed when a young man, the Hawley Boy, whom she's been
grooming to marry the Holt girl, takes an interest in Mrs. Delville.
Her estimation of Mrs. Delville improves a little, though, when Mrs.
Delville rejects 'The Dancing Master' after learning that he was
married and had a family. Later, when
Mrs. Hauksbee is helping take
care of children during an epidemic of diphtheria, she gains a greater
appreciation of Mrs. Delville when the later saves a child who is
choking to death. It is later revealed that Mrs. Delville lost a child
in the same manner.
Only a Subaltern
Bobby Wick is made a subaltern and he joins a regiment called the
Tyneside Tail Twisters. One of the soldiers, Dormer, has a temper and
is constantly getting into trouble. Bobby takes him fishing and makes
friends with him, eventually inspiring him to improve his behaviour
and become a better soldier. Bobby has this sort of effect on most of
the soldiers in his regiment. Bobby goes on leave to Simla, but is
called back early because cholera is spreading through the regiment.
Bobby rallies the spirits of many of the men, aiding in their
recovery. When Dormer falls ill, Bobby spends the whole night in the
tent, holding his hand. Bobby then falls ill and though he fights to
stay alive (in part because he'd left a girl back in Simla), he
eventually succumbs to the disease. When a convalescent private,
Conklin, declares that another officer has died, Dormer rebukes him
and declares that Bobby Wick was an angel.
In the Matter of a Private
A soldier in barracks snaps under repeated teasing and takes his rifle
to his tormentor.
The Enlightenments of Pagett, M. P.
A Member of the British Parliament visits an old school friend who is
now an administrator in India. He finds that his theoretical ideas on
Indian democracy do not match the realities of the people and country.
Rudyard Kipling at Project Gutenberg
Works by Kipling at the University of Newcastle
Note that as Kipling's writing is mostly in the public domain, a large
number of individual websites contain parts of his work; these two
sites are comprehensive, containing almost everything publicly
Something of Myself, Kipling's autobiography
The Kipling Society website
Kipling Readers' Guide from the Kipling Society; annotated notes on
stories and poems.
The Light that Failed
The Light that Failed (1891)
Captains Courageous (1896)
Plain Tales from the Hills (1888)
Soldiers Three (1888)
The Story of the Gadsbys
The Story of the Gadsbys (1888)
In Black and White (1888)
The Phantom 'Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales
The Phantom 'Rickshaw and other Eerie Tales (1888)
Under the Deodars
Under the Deodars (1888)
Wee Willie Winkie and Other Child Stories
Wee Willie Winkie and Other Child Stories (1888)
From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches, Letters of Travel (1889)
Barrack-Room Ballads (1892, poetry)
Many Inventions (1893)
The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book (1894)
The Second Jungle Book
The Second Jungle Book (1895)
"Letting in the Jungle"
All the Mowgli Stories (c. 1895)
The Seven Seas (1896, poetry)
The Day's Work (1898)
Stalky & Co. (1899)
Just So Stories
Just So Stories (1902)
The Five Nations
The Five Nations (1903, poetry)
Puck of Pook's Hill
Puck of Pook's Hill (1906)
Rewards and Fairies
Rewards and Fairies (1910)
The Fringes of the Fleet
The Fringes of the Fleet (1915, non-fiction)
Debits and Credits (1926)
Limits and Renewals (1932)
Rudyard Kipling's Verse: Definitive Edition (1940)
A Choice of Kipling's Verse
A Choice of Kipling's Verse (by T. S. Eliot, 1941)
"The Absent-Minded Beggar"
"The Ballad of the "Clampherdown""
"The Ballad of East and West"
"The Bell Buoy"
"The Female of the Species"
"The Gods of the Copybook Headings"
"Hymn Before Action"
"In the Neolithic Age"
"The King's Pilgrimage"
"The Last of the Light Brigade"
"The Lowestoft Boat"
"The Mary Gloster"
"My Boy Jack"
"A Song in Storm"
"The Sons of Martha"
"The White Man's Burden"
"The Widow at Windsor"
"The Arrest of Lieutenant Golightly"
"Baa Baa, Black Sheep"
"Bread upon the Waters"
"The Broken Link Handicap"
"The Butterfly that Stamped"
"The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin"
"The Devil and the Deep Sea"
"The Drums of the Fore and Aft"
"His Chance in Life"
"His Wedded Wife"
"In the House of Suddhoo"
"Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris"
"The Man Who Would Be King"
"A Matter of Fact"
"Miss Youghal's Sais"
"The Mother Hive"
"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"
"Toomai of the Elephants"
"Watches of the Night"
"Yoked with an Unbeliever"
Indian Railway Library
Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer
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)
John Kipling (son)
John Lockwood Kipling
John Lockwood Kipling (father)
MacDonald sisters (mother's family)
Stanley Baldwin (cousin)
Georgiana Burne-Jones (aunt)
Edward Burne-Jones (uncle)
Philip Burne-Jones (cousin)
Edward Poynter (uncle)