‘Assuredly,’ said Kurruk Shah with a grim chuckle. ‘Otherwise, why did I, who have served the Queen for seven-and-twenty years, and killed many hill-dogs, shout aloud for quarter when the lightning revealed us to the watch-towers? When I was a young man I saw the killing in the valley of Sheor-Kot there at our feet, and I know the tale that grew up therefrom. But how can the ghosts of unbelievers, prevail against us who are of the Faith?

This is from "Lost Legion" by Rudyard Kipling.

I don't understand the meaning of
shout aloud for quarter

I am glad if someone would kindly teach me.

1 Answer 1


Quarter in this context means mercy or forgiveness.
Kurruk Shah is saying that, having been revealed to his enemies by a flash of lightning (and thereby presumably seriously outnumbered and trapped) he begged them for mercy.
So, if in a battle, the order is given "give no quarter" it means don't take any prisoners, just kill the enemy. Quarter has many meanings both as a noun and a verb. See them here

  • Jenning, thank your your advise. It is very helpful! Jul 13, 2022 at 1:43

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