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    Opened up and be opened up

    Hello,

    Can a good soul enlighten me on what the author means in the bold text?

    "Then some of us went away and annexed Burma, and some tried to open up the Soudan and were opened up by Fuzzies in that cruel
    scrub outside Suakim, and some found stars and medals, and some were married, which was bad, and some did other things which were worse, and the others of us stayed in our chains and strove to make money on insufficient experiences."

    Rudyard Kipling, The Mark of the Beast

    Does the writer means that some of them tried to conquer Soudan but were killed in the battle?

    Then I cannot make head or tail of what Kipling means by Fuzzies (local fighters?) and Scrub (fight or bushes?)

    Thans a lot

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    Re: Opened up and be opened up

    Yes, you have got the gist of it.

    Scrub here means scrubland (see the second picture on this page http://www.theguardian.com/global-de...ion-saferworld)

    I have explained the sentence, which hopefully clarifies why you are thinking along the correct lines.


    Some of us tried to open up the Soudan [to British trade and colonial expansion in the late 19th century, but got more than they bargained for] and [they] were opened up by Fuzzies [literally opened up by the blades of the native army. It should be noted that Kipling uses a pejorative term, commonly used in his time, to describe the native inhabitants. This term is very definitely not acceptable nowadays, but was a feature of writing and speech of that era.] in that cruel scrub outside Suakim [in that harsh scrubland outside Suakim].

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    Re: Opened up and be opened up

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post

    Does the writer means that some of them tried to conquer Sudan but were killed in the battle?

    Yes, it means they ended up losing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnyxxx View Post

    Then I cannot make head or tail of what Kipling means by Fuzzies
    This is a derogatory reference to the frizzy hair of the Sudanese people who defeated Kipling and his group.

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    Scrub
    In this text "scrub" means "bushes."

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    fight
    I think you're confusing "scrub" with "scrap."

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    Re: Opened up and be opened up

    Regarding "Fuzzy (wuzzy)", this was a term of endearment given by Australian soldiers to allies in New Guinea during WWII. The term is still used when the context is right - which is not very often these days unless you're Prince Phillip.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/pu...0625-2wvu.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzzy_Wuzzy_Angels

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