KIPLING'S SUSSEX - online book

An illustrated descriptive guide, to the places mentioned in
the writings of Rudyard Kipling.

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NORTHIAM                           51
meant a brief imprisonment in the Tower for him, and expulsion from the Court for his poor bride. It throws a significant light on the kind of stuff Elizabeth was ready to swallow to read the letters to her which Raleigh judiciously allowed to reach her eyes :
" How can I live alone in prison, while she (the Queen) is afar off ? I, who was wont to behold her riding like, Alexander, fair hair about her pure cheeks, like any seraph, sometimes sitting in the shade, like a goddess, sometimes playing on the lute like Orpheus."
But Kipling reminds us that at least while her men adventured all over the world she toiled in England that they might find a safe home to come back to. Another side of the kaleidoscope of her character is to be found in the well-known story of her dealings with the Windsor carter. When­ever the Queen desired to go from Windsor to some other palace, the carts and horses in the neighbourhood of Windsor were " impressed " for the Royal service. The Queen changed her mind constantly, with the result that a Windsor carter, who had been ordered to provide carriage for a part of the Royal wardrobe, came to Windsor Castle once to find the Queen had changed her day of departure ; came a second time to find the
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