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By Carlos Fuentes

Felipe Montero is hired in the home of an elderly widow to edit her deceased husband's memoirs. There Felipe meets her appealing green-eyed niece, air of secrecy. His ardour for charisma and his sluggish discovery of the genuine courting among the younger lady and her aunt propel the tale to its notable end.

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Its Indian name was echoed by many of the furnishings Kipling introduced: boharka rugs, a tiger-skin which served as a carriage rug, drawings and photographs of the imperial troops. The grounds included a tennis court and stables. As Kipling's bank account grew, so did the aristocratic leanings he had exhibited intermittently throughout his life. The Vermont sahib gradually acquired a staff of servants - maids, a cook, and finally, to the astonishment of Brattleboro, a liveried coachman, with a Cockney accent.

More important, he was still drawing on the Indian experiences which were to supply so much of his greatest work. Consciously or subconsciously, he must have felt the need to reconstruct his earliest years - the privileged, servant-enclosed upbringing in an exotic land. In any event, the literary results of his stay at Naulahka were glorious; they included the two Jungle Books (1894 and 1895) and part of Kim. At a lesser but not inconsiderable level, he also produced Captains Courageous (1897), a tale of the Grand Banks in which he was greatly aided The Foundatz'ons 21 by trips to the Boston harbour and by Dr Conland's recollections of his youth as a fisherman.

As newspapermen, they must work in coordination with the army they are reporting on, but clearly they are not under its control in the same way that its soldiers are. There are, however, echoes of the misconduct and peccadilloes that brought Stalky & Co. and Mulvaney and his cohorts to judgment. Neither Dick nor the correspondents are above breaking rules in order to get a story or scoop a rival. They specialize in wheedling information out of officers and telegraph clerks, and violating, in small ways, the regulations of their calling.

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