mjj (flemmings) wrote,
mjj
flemmings

Caveat lector

And then there are times one wants to slap Kipling but hard. Hissy fits at Indian juries being able to try white women. (And white men, of whom there were far more in the Raj, but that doesn't have the same sexual overtones.) Never met an Irishman he didn't despise, unless they were Anglo-Irish and thus *not* cunning, deceitful and full of hatred. Is pissed off at the Boers' hostility after the British spent so much money looking after their wives and children. Which they did: in concentration camps (the term comes from the Boer War.) Where they were starved. Which Kipling knew but didn't believe.

Argh.

ETA: Kipling was a dear friend of Cecil Rhodes', which makes one esteem Mark Twain all the more.
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