The Story Mc Intosh Jellaludin was once a classical scholar and Fellow of an Oxford college.
He has abandoned the scholarly life, gone to the bad in India, and converted to Islam; The narrator happens on him one night in the Sultan Caravanserai, drunk and helpless, helps him home to his filthy lodgings where he lives with a native woman, becomes his friend, and listens to his ramblings as he dies of pneumonia, brought on by drink.
Before his death, Mc Intosh bequeaths the narrator the manuscript of his book, Mother Maturin, which may or may not be a masterpiece of low life in India.
This was the title - and indeed the theme - of Kipling's first attempt at a novel, of which he had written over 200 pages in 1885, but never completed.
The more the author knows of his own character the more he can distance himself from his invented characters and the more room they have to grow in.
Graham Greene wrote in Ways of Escape: "The main characters in a novel must necessarily have some kinship to the author, they come out of his body as a child comes from the womb, then the umbilical cord is cut, and they grow into independence.We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs.Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so somber, and a rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question.A scene filled with dialogue should be placed next to one with more action or setting description. A character who wont smile at his daughters sixth birthday party is indeed dour. A plot is strengthened when the protagonist isnt suitableat firstfor the situation.A character who can chat airily while on a tour of a slaughterhouse isnt bothered by much. One of fictions great rules is that a surgeon performing a tracheotomy isnt as exciting as a nun performing a tracheotomy.In Robert Louis Stephensons Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins is an innkeepers young son. Sentences come in a wide variety: simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, and probably others.