Monday, December 23, 2019


Porch Pirates

Andrew Lycett, Rudyard Kipling (London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1999), p. 49:
In early December the Kiplings moved back to a foggy, wintry London where they found rooms on the Brompton Road, in a pleasant flat-fronted cottage owned by a bewhiskered ex-butler and his wife. Rudyard and Trix used to amuse themselves by wrapping useless objects in neat parcels and leaving them on the pavement outside the house. From a window, they watched as respectable citizens would spy a promising-looking bundle, look surreptitiously left and right, and pocket it as a Christmas gift.

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