This month I'll be posting all three parts of the trilogy. Today is the first. Here's "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling!
In case you'd like to read the original...
Text of the Day: "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Excerpt: At one o'clock I rode over to Strickland's house to inquire after Fleete's head. I imagined that it would be a sore one. Fleete was breakfasting and seemed unwell. His temper was gone, for he was abusing the cook for not supplying him with an underdone chop. A man who can eat raw meat after a wet night is a curiosity. I told Fleete this and he laughed.
"You breed queer mosquitoes in these parts," he said. "I've been bitten to pieces, but only in one place."
"Let's have a look at the bite," said Strickland. "It may have gone down since this morning."
While the chops were being cooked, Fleete opened his shirt and showed us, just over his left breast, a mark, the perfect double of the black rosettes-the five or six irregular blotches arranged in a circle-on a leopard's hide. Strickland looked and said, "It was only pink this morning. It's grown black now."
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