From: Patrick Wynne
Sent: Jun 5, 2013 10:45 AM
Subject: [mythsoc] "… in defiance of Kipling"
In his essay "A Secret Vice", Tolkien wrote:
"We were listening to somebody lecturing on map-reading, or camp-hygiene, or the art of sticking a fellow through without (in defiance of Kipling) bothering who God sent the bill to…" (_Monsters & the Critics_, pg. 199)
What specific Kipling quote was Tolkien referring to here? Was he misattributing to Kipling some lines from James Russell Lowell's "The Bigelow Papers"? To wit:
"Ef you take a sword an’ dror it,
An’ go stick a feller thru,
Guv’ment aint to answer for it,
God’ll send the bill to you."
I eagerly look forward to bathing in the glory of your collective literary knowledge.