Who is the protagonist of "The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes"?

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In Rudyard Kipling’s The Strange Ride of Morrowbie Jukes, the protagonist is Morrowbie Jukes. He is an ordinary English engineer living in India. He is overtaken by a fever which leaves him a bit delirious and restless. Therefore he mounts a horse and takes a midnight ride into the desert where he is thrust into an Indian leper village that exists in a sand crater. He searches for a way out but finds none that are not wrought with quicksand. Feeling desperation and the need to exert his superiority to the Indians he proceeds to knock out a number of them. He is intent on showing that he is a member of the dominant English race but since this colony is cut off from the world, and there is little chance of escape, Jukes becomes despondent in his surroundings. He is no longer one of the superiors; he has to learn to survive in the colony, a “survival of the fittest” situation.

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