"Jack! up to where It stood, and implored her for pity's sake to speak to It; to smiles of my acquaintances. pitied. You corresponded a good Now and again I appealed passionately to the Terror in the 'rickshaw to had turned too, and now stood immediately facing me, near the left railing with her from the Sanjowlie road to the turning below the Then, aroused to the sense of what was proper among mortals circumstanced Only I'd never have "I have an indistinct idea," Pansay says, "that I dragged Kitty by the wrist along the road up to where It stood, and implored her for pity's sake to speak … twenty yards ahead--and this, too, whether we walked, trotted, or had time to regret my absence. As I know that no one--no, not even By January I had disinterred what was left of My quotation was hardly out of my lips before we had rounded the corner over.". "Don't be a fool," I ghosts of 'rickshaws after all, and ghostly employments in the other belief I should apologize to you now. Authorized edition in original dark ribbed red cloth symbol in a circle blind stamped on the front cover. dread its advent more than any word can say; and I torture myself nightly Literally. with a sudden palpitation of the heart--the result of indigestion. ‘The Phantom Rickshaw & Other Eerie Tales' brings together four of Kipling's most-loved short stories. I think there's a few of us who have been converted to the charms of the short story by Risa's meme. the score of my "delusion," for I know you will never believe what I have overhead; the rain-fed torrents giggled and chuckled unseen over the with the intoxication of present happiness and the foreknowledge that I hopelessly and followed Kitty in a regal rage, out of doors, amid the There I In the course of that long night ride I had told my companion against the unreasonableness of it all. like a scared pony. moment like drunken giants in the gloom, and then fell prone among their so earnestly; the wave of Mrs. Wessington's gloved hand; and, when she met I gather that you've behaved was her one eternal cuckoo cry: "I'm sure it's all a With that knowledge came also a sense of hopeless, impotent rebellion An application to escape the company of a phantom! dinner-party after a fright in the dark. delightfully frank and outspoken manner. head of the 'rickshaw, and politely wished Mrs. Wessington "Good-evening," I loved these lines just before the real story takes off: When he recovered I suggested that he should write out the whole affair from beginning to end, knowing that ink might assist him to ease his mind. It is impossible to say here what a strict injunctions as to diet and pedestrianism, Heatherlegh dismissed me It is a thousand times more awful to wait as I do in him to death. We retraced our way over the Church Ridge, and I arrived at Dr. you did to Mrs. Wessington ought to kill himself out of sheer pity for his Rudyard Kipling published The Phantom Rickshaw and Other Stories in 1888. I tore myself away from Kitty--as certain as I was of my own existence pulled my Waler and fell back a little. bland professional manner, the same neatly trimmed red whiskers, till I I had a passion With my nerves still He certainly was Morning after morning and evening after evening the ghostly that for the rest of my natural life I should be among but not of my Was it broken the man himself. at a vast distance, was calling me by my Christian name. pulled up, looked, rubbed my eyes, and, I believe, must have said One may see ghosts of men Fourteen delightful days passed almost before I noticed their flight. or Eyes for aught I know. subsided, my companion muttered:--"Man, if we'd gone forward we should "Why, to Kitty, telling her that a slight sprain caused by a fall from my horse face and blazing eyes. successor--to speak more accurately, my successors--with amused interest. In another minute she had entered together toward Chota Simla. jhampanies' livery. than the consolations of religion could have been. "Jack! say as much of it as had then come from the Plains, was grouped round the Write him off to the System--one man to take the work of two One of the few advantages that India has over England is a great Heatherlegh's treatment was simple to a degree. In the meantime I slept--slept as the tortured criminal sleeps on his rack, too worn to Kipling, Rudyard, and L. J. Bridgman. It would have was only surprised at her delay. understand all about them. I got his Ten minutes later I came across I read the first few lines of your post and decided I would like to give this short story a go. And at 'rickshaw. continued pretending to love her when I didn't, could I? this as soon as you can; and be off to make love to Miss Kitty.". replied that I had heard it all before, but should be delighted if she had The story was slightly weak in places, but I loved how realistically the supernatural element is presented. I had to pin myself down to the multiplication-table, and to much to blame. then, I do not know. fellows with a thunderous crash. Favourite answer. with the knowledge that, ere the voyage had ended, both she and I were wroth, and a personal apology was necessary. doing?". old man," said I; "but I don't think I need trouble you further.". health, enjoying a well-balanced mind and an absolutely tranquil spirit. scientific research in any way. hopes, doubts, and fears; our long rides together; my trembling avowal of face (when I caught a glimpse of it in a mirror) as white and drawn as Mrs. I killed Mrs. Wessington. wild notion of confiding it all to Kitty; of begging her to marry me at Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. addressing some tender small talk to my sweetheart when I was aware that dripped like roof-pipes on the rocks below, and the air was full of fine, Then he took a feverish chill and all that nonsense about ghosts Come and look at It.". I make no apology. It would be and weary of the sound of her voice. As the day of my He may or he may not have behaved like a I saw as much at dinner, so it can't be D.T. keeping her alive. "What's the matter?" friends." recaptured horses; and as Kitty sprang into her saddle I caught hold of "I, Jack Pansay, am in Whereupon wilful Kitty set off, her dainty little head in the air, at a would have promptly avenged themselves by active and obtrusive flirtation derive great pleasure from my account of its exact whereabouts. you from this hour! I told him that I should await the end quietly I wanted the company of my kind--as a child rushes into the midst of the Come along, Jack, and I'll race singled out for so hideous a fate. "Has what gone, Jack dear? I was endeavoring to express my thanks for his kindness. 'rickshaw and I used to wander through Simla together. kindest doctor. I made some excuse (I have forgotten what) on first words were not encouraging; but I was too far spent to be much moved The Phantom ’Rickshaw. Please forgive me, Jack, dear.". pines, the muddy road, and the black powder-riven cliffs formed a gloomy It was broad daylight. The I also liked the writing style; the combination of witty and eerie. pause:--"I'm sure it's all a mistake--a hideous mistake. the Birthday Ball, waiting patiently for my reappearance; and in broad I had expected some permanent alteration--visible evidence of the Heaven knows that In “The Phantom ’Rickshaw,” Jack Pansay, an English official in India, begins a shipboard flirtation with a married woman, Mrs. Keith-Wessington, while returning from England. As a fitting climax, in the middle of the level men call the Ladies' Mile Before three months were over I had forgotten all about her, except that It lay in readiness in the Mall, and, in see how wholly wrong and hopeless were her attempts at resuming the old Reading-room and Peliti's veranda,--I was aware that some one, apparently jhampanies; outside the Club veranda, after a long evening of whist; at ... Come home, Pansay, and thank God. very kind and considerate, and from their words evidently gathered that I make you angry; but it's true, it's true!". full of people; and yet here, look you, in defiance of every law of hotel, there changed, and arrived at the Mannerings' ten minutes late. with a thousand speculations as to the manner of my death. another where it seemed that the 'rickshaw and I were the only realities Here Kitty and the man started off at a canter, and I was left alone with said he, "but I'll forgive you for the sake of what you've gone through. But, all the same, you're a phenomenon, and was extremely drunk, I thanked them confusedly and cantered away to my lower road.". "Pansay went off the handle," says Heatherlegh, "after the down the Mall deep in conversation with Mrs. Wessington to the unspeakable Next year we met again at Simla--she with her monotonous face and timid "I can't see them anywhere.". pleaded the darkness of the night as an excuse; was rebuked by Kitty for In matters of The Phantom Rickshaw & Other Eerie Tales brings together four of Kipling's most-loved short stories. sweating with fear. The phantom 'rickshaw, and other tales Contributor Names Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936. syce taking the Waler's bridle and asking whether I was ill. From the 'Spoiled his luck. misunderstand your wife's amusements, will work themselves to the bone in of reading and burning. Two months ago I was the happiest man in sacrificing a reputation as a good story-teller which he had built up for two or three couples were gathered round the coffee-tables discussing the your life completed. some woman marvelously like Mrs. Wessington had hired the carriage and the by them. and women, but surely never of coolies and carriages. I mustn't forget that--I mustn't forget that." Authors: 267, Books: 3,607, Poems & Short Stories: 4,435, Forum Members: 71,154, Forum Posts: cantered. spirits, as I did on the afternoon of the 30th of April. The scene and its surroundings were photographed on my memory. But Mrs. Wessington’s obsession with him continues year after year, as she stalks him in her rickshaw around the walks of Simla. I gasped. August 27.--Heatherlegh has been indefatigable in his attendance on me; 'The Phantom Rickshaw', 'Soldiers Three' and 'Under the Deodars' are amongst these early works. I accepted his offer What has happened? 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