- If I were more interested, I might go back through the chapters (especially since chapter 9) and see if there's a theme for each. If this chapter has a theme, or at least a motif, what is it?
- I'm curious about Kim's religiosity. Certainly the general quagmire of deities and zealots, gates and roadways make things difficult--or at least confusing--for one unsure, and Kim, in his capacity of wanderer and pretender and, at least in the past, beggar, bring him to at least feign to believe any number of things. When he speaks with the farmer and his fevered son, he demonstrates a level of personal reform (explanation?), certanily borne of his sahib's education, or at least of three year's maturation, and offers to endorse the farmer and son to the Lama (Kim's Lama) for healing (though Kim will ultimately perform the rite, such as it is). Does he really believe the Lama might heal the boy or anyone, for that matter? And, more generally, what of the tendency of the desperate wandering from one holy man to the next, regardless of creed or god, searching for a miracle (if one god can't or won't perform the desired blessing)? Isn't that a little like a sports fan picking a different team just because his is losing, and worse, picking randomly because anyone is better than the one he was just with?
- "Where there is no eye, there is no caste."
- The word has been officially used now: Spies. What of it?
- What is "The Game"?
(O, wherefore art thou, Dramatic Tension?)