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Please provide a summary about "The Mark Of The Beast" by Rudyard Kipling.I am not...

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ivanooo | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Please provide a summary about "The Mark Of The Beast" by Rudyard Kipling.

I am not quite sure what Rudyard Kipling is talking about, I just need a little help with a summary. If anyone can help me... thank you .

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 27, 2009 at 6:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Rudyard Kipling first published his short story, "The Mark of the Beast," in 1890. It tells the story of a newcomer to India, Fleete, who desecrates the temple of Hanuman the Monkey God by putting out a cigar on the ape's forehead while drunk. A leper priest--"a Silver Man"--then bites Fleete on the breast, and he is warned by a second priest that the incident is not over. It soon becomes evident that Fleete has been affected by the bite: He craves raw meat, grovels in the dirt and howls like a wolf. A doctor believes that Fleete has contracted rabies, but one of his friends believes otherwise. So, Fleete's friends kidnap the Silver Man and force him to "take away the spirit." When the Silver Man touches the bite mark on Fleete's chest, he returns to normal and falls asleep. When Fleete awakes, he remembers nothing of the time spent since his unfortunate drunken evening. 

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