Analysis Three and - an Extra

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"Three and – an Extra" The text under study belongs to the pen of Joseph Rudyard Kipling who was an English short-story writer, poet and novelist. He is usually associated with tales for children but he is also chiefly remembered for the tales and poems of British soldiers in India. He wrote a lot of works of fiction such as The Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Kim, "The Man Who Would Be King"; and poems, including "Mandalay", "Gunga Din", "The Gods of the Copybook Headings", "The White Man's Burden" and "If—". Joseph Rudyard Kipling is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story" and his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature. "Three and – an Extra" is a short-story published in the Civil and Military Gazette on November 17, 1886; 2 years later it was included in the book "Plain Tales from the Hills". The story itself contains several main characters bounded by fate and left in condition of soul-devourment provoked by their own terrors and disappointments. It is important to mention that Mrs. Hauksbee, one of the characters, was a heroine for another 3 stories of the same author; it leads to a possible thought that the narrative was written to depict the woman’s sides through indirect comparison between her and the apparent lead personage of the text. The story begins with a didactic foreword which addresses itself to recently married couples that sooner or later are to collide and the result of the collision will be big or small crisis, managing with which could only be achieved through accurate actions of both sides. The setting of the story is somewhere in India in the family of Cusack-Bremmils. Three years had passed by and Mrs. Cusack got pregnant, however her child died and she was unable to cope with her grief. By the same time the husband tried to overcome the tragedy together notwithstanding he failed in doing so.
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