For a bit of literary amusement, consider two death-defying anecdotes from the life and times of Rudyard Kipling.
The first comes from World War I, when a French soldier named Maurice Hammoneau was spared simply because he was carrying a copy of Kipling's Kim in his left breast pocket. The book stopped a bullet from ripping into Hammoneau's heart.
As a token of his gratitude, the soldier gave the bullet-embedded book and his Croix de Guerre to Kipling, and the two men became friends. However, Kipling insisted on returning the book and war medal when Hammoneau's son was born.
The second anecdote is from late in Kipling's life. The writer showed a real sense of humor when a magazine mistakenly reported that he had passed away. He wrote a letter to the editor saying, "I've just read that I am dead. Don't forget to delete me from your list of subscribers."
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