The story was first published in the first Indian edition of Plain Tales from the Hills in 1888, and in subsequent editions of that collection. See David Alan Richards p. 17, passim.
Barr-Saggott, a Commissioner with brilliant prospects, and 'the ugliest man in Asia with two exceptions', is courting Kitty Beighton. Knowing that she is an expert archer, he arranges a tournament with a handsome prize which she seems bound to win. She, however, has her eye on young Cubbon, and does some fancy shooting away from the centre of the target, ensuring that she loses. She has made her point.
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