Kim, Chapters 10-12

So much happened in this section that I can’t even keep track of it all.  But this stuck out to me:

“Then you think I had better go?” said Hurree Babu, half rising.  “They are of course, dematerialised phenomena.  Spencer says -“

(Kipling 221)

The footnote here says Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), author of The Principles of Psychology (1855) and The Principles of Sociology (1876-96), among many other works.  He represents a rationalism far removed from Hurree’s reluctant belief in the paranormal.  My question is this: How can the Babu quote the epitome of rationality and still believe in paranormal stuff?  You either believe or you don’t.


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