Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout, For things are running crossways, and Maggie and I are out. We quarrelled about Havanas--we fought o'er a good cheroot, And I know she is exacting, and she says I am a brute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A million surplus Maggies are willing to bear the yoke; And a woman is only a woman, but a good Cigar is a Smoke.
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Source Notes: "The Betrothed." The headnote for the poem cites a "Breach of Promise Case, circa, 1885" in which one of the betrothed stated: "You must choose between me and your cigar." It appears that Kipling's speaker has made his choice.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (December 30, 1865 January 18, 1936) was a British author and poet, born in India. He is best known for the children's story The Jungle Book (1894), the Indian spy novel Kim (1901), the poem "Gunga Din" (1892), and his many short stories.
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