A drunken Englishman disgraces the consecrated effigy of Hanuman,a sacred religious figure to the Hindus. As results a leprous "Silver Man" marks him with a hideous curse. The ensuing days and nights bring strange terrors to the now repentant Englshman.More
Bombay-born English writer Rudyard Kipling explores cross-cultural conflict in "The Mark of the Beast".
The 1907 Nobel Prize winner’s story, first published in 1890, is about a newcomer to India named Fleete. When the Englishman obliviously puts out a cigar on a holy statue in the temple of Hanuman, a priest bites him. The bite causes a violent transformation within Fleete, and his friends must find a cure for his madness.
Walter Covell uses a genteel British accent that suits Kipling’s 19th-century fable about the perils of cultural insensitivity.
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