The Man Who Would Be King

by

Rudyard Kipling

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Loafer

A white British person living in India without personal wealth or stable employment—a former soldier or servant, for example. In British colonial India, the word was roughly equivalent to “white trash.” At the beginning of… read analysis of Loafer

Masons

Members of a secret fraternal society who use secret symbols and signs to communicate with one another, agree to provide one another with assistance, and participate in certain rituals and initiations. Masons (also called Freemasons)… read analysis of Masons

Kafiristan

A region in northeastern Afghanistan. The inhabitants practiced Hinduism, so the Muslim residents of the surrounding areas referred to them as Kafir, which means “infidel” in Persian. Kafiristan appears on some British maps from the… read analysis of Kafiristan