Kipling busca que el lector se sienta cercano, no solo a los personajes, sino incluso al barco. Nuestro protagonista no respeta a nada ni a nadie. Tampoco sabe lo que es la responsabilidad, ni mucho menos la obediencia. Se limita a esperar a que el muchacho crezca y puedan trabajar juntos. Cuando Harvey cae al agua, todos le dan por muerto.
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He spent an unhappy period of exile from his parents and the Indian heat with a harsh aunt in England, followed by the public schooling that inspired his "Stalky" stories. He returned to India at 18 to work on the staff of the Lahore Civil and Military Gazette and rapidly became a prolific writer.
His mildly satirical work won him a reputation in England, and he returned there in Shortly after, his first novel, The Light That Failed was published, but it was not altogether successful. He became dissatisfied with life in America, however, and moved back to England, returning to America only when his daughter died of pneumonia. Kipling never again returned to the United States, despite his great popularity there. Some of his best are stories of the supernatural, the eerie and unearthly, such as "The Phantom Rickshaw," "The Brushwood Boy," and "They.
The Anglo-Indian Tales, of social life in Simla, make up the larger part of his first four books. Kipling wrote equally well for children and adults. Kim, an Irish boy in India who becomes the companion of a Tibetan lama, at length joins the British Secret Service, without, says Wilson, any sense of the betrayal of his friend this actually meant. Nevertheless, Kipling has left a vivid panorama of the India of his day.
He won not only on the basis of his short stories, which more closely mirror the ambiguities of the declining Edwardian world than has commonly been recognized, but also on the basis of his tremendous ability as a popular poet.