In both stories the author describes Indian people and the relation between them and the British. In “Muhammad Din” the main character is a child, a servant’s son, that becomes a kind of friend of the Salib, the Englishman. He likes the young boy, he greets him every day, he secretly gives presents to him and when he discovers that the child is severely ill, tries to send him an English doctor and all the medicines he needs. With this story, Kipling wants his contemporaries to understand that is possible to cohabit with the Indians, that are not a lower race. While, in “Lispeth”, the character is a stunning young lady that falls in love with the Englishman she nurses. She’s an adopted Indian orphan and her foster mother, the Chaplain’s wife, doesn’t let her marry him, because not only he’s engaged with an Englishwoman, but also she comes from a lower class and a marriage is unthinkable. Both her and the man lie to Lispeth, saying that he would return to India to marry her and when she finds it out, she comes back to her people, the paharis. In this story, the author wants to show that a young love can’t be repressed, as the Chaplain’s wife wants to, and the passion doesn’t belong only to who is “uncivilized”, as the Indians. It’s a thing that everybody could feel in life. Also is important that Kipling underlines the absurdity of forbidden marriages between two different persons using the irony in phrases such “”The Chaplain’s wife, being a good Christian and disliking anything in the shape of fuss or scandal” (referring to Lispeth “folly” love).
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