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Re: [mythsoc] "… in defiance of Kipling"

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  • David Bratman
    Those lines sound so much like Kipling that a misattribution seems reasonable to me. -----Original Message----- From: Patrick Wynne Sent: Jun 5, 2013 10:45 AM
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      Those lines sound so much like Kipling that a misattribution seems reasonable to me.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Patrick Wynne
      Sent: Jun 5, 2013 10:45 AM
      To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
      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.

      — Pat


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