Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “The Jungle Book” – First Draft


1893. A meeting with Rudyard Kipling and his editor.

Editor: Ah, Mr. Kipling. Good to see you. Please have a seat.

Kipling: Thank you.

Editor: I wanted to talk to you about your submission…this “Jungle Book”

Kipling: Yes, not one of my best.

Editor: Well, it is a rather a short story, isn’t it?

Kipling: Yes, I was a bit bored and distracted.

Editor: I really think you might consider fleshing it out a bit more.

Kipling: Fleshing it out?

Editor: Well, yes. I mean there is a little boy and he wanders away from his village and into the jungle…

Kipling: Yes…

Editor: …and he gets eaten by wolves.

Kipling: Well, that’s what would happen. It’s realistic.

Editor: Of course, of course…but what if…go with me here…what if the little tyke was taken in and actually raised by the wolves.

Kipling stares at his grinning editor for a moment.

Kipling: You’re not serious, are you? Who would believe that?

Editor: Think of it as, well a sort of fable.

Kipling: I don’t know.

The editor stands up and walks to the window and looks out.

Editor: And as the toddler grows up a bit he’s befriended by a panther.

Kipling: A panther?

Editor: Yes. A black panther who would look after him and offer him advice.

Kipling: It’s a bit early to be drinking, isn’t it?

Editor: What? No, look I’m serious. And then your young lad, is befriended by a large bear.

Kipling: A bear? A bear would tear him apart.

Editor: Yes, yes…you should call the bear Baloo…and I see a large snake…and a monkeys, a lot of monkeys…and a tiger…a big ferocious tiger…

Kipling quietly rises from his chair and sneaks out of the office while his editor growls and claws wildly at the window.

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  1. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    Bravo, Brian! How about The ‘Just-So’ Stories next? Then Rikki-Tikki? :-)

    • #1
    • January 27, 2019, at 11:42 AM PST
  2. Richard Fulmer Member

    The publishing world is a jungle.

    • #2
    • January 27, 2019, at 12:00 PM PST
  3. Richard Fulmer Member

    Maybe there’s a story there. A young, neophyte writer publishes his first book. Instead of being torn apart by the critics, one of them takes him under his wing…

    • #3
    • January 27, 2019, at 12:02 PM PST
  4. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Well, you stripped that story down to the bare necessities.

    • #4
    • January 27, 2019, at 12:39 PM PST
  5. Basil Fawlty Member
    Basil FawltyJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Does the kid wear any clothes? Maybe we could get Singer to direct the movie.

    • #5
    • January 27, 2019, at 3:31 PM PST
  6. She Reagan
    SheJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Sounds quite plausible to me.

    • #6
    • January 28, 2019, at 3:05 AM PST
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  7. Percival Thatcher
    PercivalJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Have you ever heard Bob Newhart on the phone conversation between Abner Doubleday and a game manufacturer?


    • #7
    • January 28, 2019, at 3:48 AM PST
  8. Jeffery Shepherd Member

    “Who would believe that?” Well there was Romulus and Remus.

    • #8
    • January 28, 2019, at 7:47 AM PST

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