Hardcover Book, Courting of Dinah Shadd, Rudyard Kipling, Short Story, Fiction


Hardcover Book, Courting of Dinah Shadd, Rudyard Kipling, Short Story, Fiction

A wonderful book entitled Courting of Dinah Shadd by Rudyard Kipling. This is a pocket sized book and undated.

Mulvaney is out on maneuvers with the ‘Ould Regiment’. After a lively day, they bivouac companionably for the night. He falls in with the ‘Soldiers Three’ and settles down by their campfire. Mulvaney is thoughtful, reflecting on the adventures and misadventures of his life. ‘For all we take, we must pay,’ he murmurs, ‘but the price is cruel high’. He goes on to talk of his many loves, often the wives of his comrades, he was confident with women, often foolhardy and made bold by drink. Then he meets Dinah Shadd and falls seriously in love with her. He finally wins her heart and the approval of her mother. On his way back to his quarters after having a few drinks he meets Judy Sheehey and she asks him in for a cup of tea. He accepts and flirts and kisses her. When her mother comes in Judy tells her that Mulvaney is her ‘promised man’. Mulvaney denies this hotly and says that Judy is talking nonsense. The next day when Mulvaney is at Dinah Shadd’s house, Judy and her mother come to the door and claim him as Judy’s ‘promised man’. Again, he denies this, and the women leave, but not before Mother Sheehey has cursed him and Dinah with the ‘Black Curse of Sheilygh’. This curse meant that Mulvaney would never be free from sorrow, his strength would be a curse, and he would always be a slave to drink. Mulvaney is left with Dinah but through the years all the evils of the old woman’s curse had fallen on them.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865 – 1936) was an English novelist, short-story writer, poet, and journalist. He was born in British India, which inspired much of his work. Kipling's works of fiction include the Jungle Book duology (The Jungle Book, 1894; The Second Jungle Book, 1895), Kim (1901), the Just So Stories (1902) and many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888). His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is seen as an innovator in the art of the short story. His children's books are classics.

6 x 4 inches
Published by Frank F. Lovell company -- Undated

This book is in good condition. The binding is tight, and the pages are clean and unmarked but yellowed from age. The book's cover has a small tear at the bottom of the spine, on the front cover and bending at the corners. This book was part of a series of 15 books of which this is #7. This series can still be found on line.

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