"Mahbub Ali"

John Lockwood Kipling (1837-1911)


Photographed plaster relief with ornamented frame

Rudyard Kipling's Kim, facing p.136

Mahbub Ali is a horse-dealer — but also a British agent, a spy, and generally quite a character. Indeed, Elizabeth James suggests that "he, more than the lama, is Kim's real mentor" (388).

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