Soldiers Three and Other Stories by Rudyard Kipling


A Collection of Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Setting forth certain passages in the lives and adventures of Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris.


Soldiers Three Stories — A collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling.

Soldiers Three Stories – This 1899 collection of short stories concerns the soldiers Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris. They had also appeared previously in the collection Plain Tales from the Hills.

The Soldiers Three and other stories, consists of three sections. Which each had previously received separate publication in 1888. Learoyd, Mulvaney and Ortheris appear only in the first section, which is also titled “Soldiers Three.” The collection also contains “The Story of the Gadsbys,” and “In Black and White.”

The books reveal a side of the British Tommy in Afghanistan rarely seen in the Twilight of the British Empire. The soldiers comment on their betters, act the fool. They cut straight to the rawness of war in the mid-east as the British began to loosen their Imperial hold.

Soldiers Three became the second collection of short stories by Rudyard Kipling to be published, after Plain Tales from the Hills. Like it, it was collected from some of the fiction he had published in journals; but while Plain Tales was mostly collected from the Civil and Military Gazette, this was “Reprinted in chief from the Week’s news”, an Allahabad paper.

The 1899 edition contains:

Soldiers Three: A Collection of Stories
“The God from the Machine”
“Private Learoyd’s Story”
“The Big Drunk Draf'”
“The Solid Muldoon”
“With the Main Guard”
“In the Matter of a Private”
“Black Jack”
“Only a Subaltern”

The Story of the Gadsbys: A Tale without a Plot
“Poor Dear Mamma”
“The World Without”
“The Tents of Kedar”
“With any Amazement”
“The Garden of Eden”
“The Valley of the Shadow”
“The Swelling of Jordan”
“L’Envoi” (a poem)

In Black and White
“Dray Wara Yow Dee”
“The Judgement of Dungara”
“At Howli Thana”
“At Twenty-Two”
“In Flood Time”
“The Sending of Dana Dee”
“On the City Wall”


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