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Kim

 

Rudyard Kipling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam

Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher -

the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum.

Who hold Zam-Zammah, that 'fire-breathing dragon', hold the

Punjab, for the great green-bronze piece is always first of the

conqueror's loot.

 

There was some justification for Kim - he had kicked Lala

Dinanath's boy off the trunnions - since the English held the

Punjab and Kim was English.  Though he was burned black as any

native; though he spoke the vernacular by preference, and his

mother-tongue in a clipped uncertain sing-song; though he

consorted on terms of perfect equality with the small boys of the

bazar; Kim was white - a poor white of the very poorest.  The

half-caste woman who looked after him (she smoked opium, and

pretended to keep a second-hand furniture shop by the square

where the cheap cabs wait) told the missionaries that she was

Kim's mother's sister; but his mother had been nursemaid in a

Colonel's family and had married Kimball O'Hara, a young colour-

sergeant of the Mavericks, an Irish regiment.  He afterwards took

a post on the Sind, Punjab, and Delhi Railway, and his Regiment

went home without him.  The wife died of cholera in Ferozepore,

and O'Hara fell to drink and loafing up and down the line with

the keen-eyed three-year-old baby.  Societies and chaplains,

anxious for the child, tried to catch him, but O'Hara drifted

away, till he came across the woman who took opium and learned

the taste from her, and died as poor whites die in India. 

Kim Rudyard Kipling He sat, in defiance of municipal orders, astride the gun Zam Zammah on her brick platform opposite the old Ajaib-Gher - the Wonder House, as the natives call the Lahore Museum. Who hold Zam
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