The Otters and the Jackal revolves around a quest to decode the meaning of Dominic's tapestry, which originally comes from Southeast Asia. Dr Kipling explains the derivation of the scenes it depicts from one of the Jataka stories, and the meanings of the postures, actions and attitudes of the animals in these scenes (two otters and a passing jackal) and of the commentary supplied by an invisible figure concealed in a tree then become clear.

But the quest on which Dominic then embarks to uncove...
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