Too well aware that I was living in that disintegrating Empire, it isn’t surprising that the symbolism of this nightmarish tale added another layer of anxiety. And then, to add real immediacy to it in 1960-61, I witnessed first-hand the trauma of white refugees fleeing gang-rape and murder taking place only a few miles away in the Belgian Congo when that country exploded into extreme violence on gaining its independence.
Miss Wheeler * defending herself against the Sepoys at Cawnpore by anonymous engraver
published in The History of the Indian Mutiny, c. 1860.
|Queen Victoria puts things right. Punch, 11 September 1858.|