Quotations and boundaries
Stalky & Co.
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Slaves of the Lamp', Parts I and II, are the first two stories which Rudyard Kipling wrote for the series. In 'Slaves of the Lamp, Part II', the last story of Stalky & Co., Stalky, aka Arthur Lionel Corkran, enters the stage as a cross-cultural agent, reminiscent of Kim, the hybrid boy par excellence. Stalky & Co. is the text of Kipling's which features the largest number of quotations. As a chronicler of the imperial archive, Kipling's narrator has to be particularly attentive to his 'quotations'. The connection between quoting and border-crossing is well demonstrated in the opening story of the 1899 edition of Stalky & Co., 'In Ambush'. Stalky, an incomparable hero of the United Services College (USC), grows up to be 'a friend of all the world', who knows, and is befriended by, many different tribes in India.

In Time’s eye

Essays on Rudyard Kipling

Editor: Jan Montefiore

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