Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kim - First Chapter - 21

by Rudyard Kipling

The first minutes of the movie; the first pages of the book.

'First to Kashi [Benares]: where else? There I shall meet one of the
pure faith in a Jain temple of that city. He also is a Seeker in
secret, and from him haply I may learn. Maybe he will go with me to
Buddh Gaya. Thence north and west to Kapilavastu, and there will I
seek for the River. Nay, I will seek everywhere as I go--for the place
is not known where the arrow fell.'

'And how wilt thou go? It is a far cry to Delhi, and farther to

'By road and the trains. From Pathankot, having left the Hills, I came
hither in a te-rain. It goes swiftly. At first I was amazed to see
those tall poles by the side of the road snatching up and snatching up
their threads,'--he illustrated the stoop and whirl of a telegraph-pole
flashing past the train. 'But later, I was cramped and desired to
walk, as I am used.'

'And thou art sure of thy road?' said the Curator.

Continued next week. Tomorrow's installment from The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain.

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Kipling's novel of India and the British empire, published in 1900.

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