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It’s time for another installment of “An Interview With…!”  These posts are excerpts from interviews with famous Victorians conducted by Heather and Katherine’s great-great-grandmothers – prestigious women in Victorian society.  The first transcriptions we shared were interviews they had with Jules Verne and Nikola Tesla.  Today, our great-great-grandmothers meet Rudyard Kipling.

Katherine’s Great-Great-Grandmother:  Mr. Kipling, so very good of you to join us for tea today.

Heather’s Great-Great-Grandmother:  Oh yes, we are truly honored to speak with you.

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Rudyard Kipling:  Well, I am happy to meet you both.  The pleasure is mine, I am sure.  Do you mind if I smoke?

K’s GGG:  That’s perfectly alright with me.  I’ll have one, too.

H’s GGG:  I will abstain, if you don’t mind.  I recently quit.

K’s GGG:  You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.

Rudyard Kipling: Ah, excellent reference – very clever.

K’s GGG:  What reference?

H’s GGG:  Let’s get to our questions.  First, I’d like to talk about your rather fascinating childhood, Mr. Kipling.  What was it like being raised in the wilds of India by wolves?

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Rudyard Kipling:  <chuckles>  Oh yes, very funny.  Well, of course that didn’t happen to me.  That happens to a character in one of my stories.

K’s GGG:  Can you explain to us exactly why the monkey king jazz singer wanted to “Be Like You-oo-oo?”

Rudyard Kipling:  I’m not entirely sure I know what you are talking about.  I don’t think anything like that happened in The Jungle Book.

H’s GGG:  Look Mr. Kipling, don’t toy with us.  We all saw the movie.  The monkey wanted to walk like you, talk like you, too.  Did you teach him?

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Rudyard Kipling:  …What?

K’s GGG:  Is it weird that I was attracted to Bagheera in that movie?

H’s GGG:  And how come you cast the same bear in both The Jungle Book and your other famous movie, Robin Hood?

K’s GGG:  Actually, I was attracted to the fox in Robin Hood, too…

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Rudyard Kipling:  This is becoming rather frustrating.

K’s GGG:  Ok, let’s move on.  I’ve always been curious about your “Just So Stories.”  Why did you never finish the title?

Rudyard Kipling:  I’m sorry, what…exactly do you mean?

H’s GGG:  Just So…what?  Just so…I can pull in another paycheck Stories?

K’s GGG:  Just So…I can get another free trip to India out of my publisher Stories?

Rudyard Kipling:  How about Just So…I can be stuck in interviews with idiots Stories?

H’s GGG:  No, that one doesn’t really make sense.

 

Rudyard Kipling:  Jules told me not to come.  I should have listened to him…

<end of manuscript>

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