- Sum up the plot in a couple of lines.
- There are many references to local places in the story. What is the effect of that?
- The Chaplain, his wife and the Englishman are not mentioned by name. How do you interpret this?
- What impression do we get of Lispeth from the way she is portrayed in the story?
- Can you come up with any arguments in defence of the way Lispeth was treated by the Englishman and the Chaplain’s wife?
- How did Lispeth change when she understood that the Englishman would not come back? Can we interpret this as more than just a broken heart?
- There are several racist attitudes expressed in the story. Point out some of them. Do you think they reflect Kipling’s own attitudes, or are they meant ironically?
- How would the Englishman have told the story?
- Find the one conclusive quote that sums up Lispeth’s view after her experience.
- What does the story tell us about the customs of the natives? Why do you think the writer has chosen to describe their culture like that?
- How can the world map puzzle be interpreted symbolically?
- Discuss why “culture clash” probably is a too simple thematic understanding of the story?
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