Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki. He is considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Saki was born Hector Hugh Munro in Akyab, Burma (now Myanmar). Saki is considered a master of the short story, often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy. The best stories by Hector Hugh Munro The English short-story writer Hector Hugh Munro (), better known by his pen name Saki (a.
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“HAVE you written to thank the Froplinsons for what they sent us?” asked Egbert. “No,” said Janetta, with a note of tired defiance in her voice; “I've written eleven. by H. H. Munro (Saki). "My aunt will be down presently, Mr. Nuttel," said a . Enough to make anyone their nerve." Romance at short notice was her speciality. Project Gutenberg offers free ebooks for Kindle, iPad, Nook, Android, and iPhone.
The end of the story has Harvey reporting failure to Eleanor, explaining "We have begun too late. The children are inquisitive and mischievous.
A bachelor is also travelling in the same compartment. The aunt starts telling a moralistic story, but is unable to satisfy the children's curiosity. The bachelor butts in and tells a story in which a "good" person ends up being devoured by a wolf, to the children's delight.
The bachelor is amused by the thought that in the future the children will embarrass their guardian by begging to be told "an improper story. His sister, who thinks he should socialise while he is there, has given him letters of introduction to families in the neighbourhood whom she got to know when she was staying there a few years previously.
Framton goes to visit Mrs Sappleton and, while he is waiting for her to come down, is entertained by her fifteen-year-old, witty niece. The niece tells him that the French window is kept open, even though it is October, because Mrs Sappleton believes that her husband and her brothers, who were drowned in a bog three years before, will come back one day. When Mrs Sappleton comes down she talks about her husband and her brothers, and how they are going to come back from shooting soon, and Framton, believing that she is deranged, tries to distract her by talking about his health.
Then, to his horror, Mrs Sappleton points out that her husband and her brothers are coming, and he sees them walking towards the window with their dog. He thinks he is seeing ghosts and runs away.
Mrs Sappleton cannot understand why he has run away and, when her husband and her brothers come in, she tells them about the odd man who has just left. The niece explains that Framton Nuttel ran away because of the spaniel: he is afraid of dogs since he was hunted by a pack of stray dogs in India and had to spend a night in the newly dug grave with creatures grinning and foaming just above him.
The last line summarizes the story, saying of the niece, "Romance at short notice was her speciality.
Huddle's friend makes the wry suggestion that he needs an "unrest-cure" the opposite of a rest cure , to be performed, if possible, in the home. Clovis takes it upon himself to "help" the man and his sister by involving them in an invented outrage that will be a "blot on the twentieth century". Later, the hyena follows them, stopping briefly to eat a gypsy child.
Shortly after this, the hyena is killed by a motorcar. Conradin rebels against his aunt and her choking authority. Related Information.
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This reference is stated as fact by Emlyn Williams in his introduction to a Saki anthology published in Even if they are not eaten, the humans rarely have the best of it". Ulrich's family legally owns the land, and so considers Georg an interloper when he hunts in the forest. But Georg, believing that the forest rightfully belongs to his family, hunts there often and believes that Ulrich is the real interloper for trying to stop him.
One winter night, Ulrich catches Georg hunting in the forest.
In an "act of God", a tree branch suddenly falls on each of them, trapping them both under a log. Gradually they realize the futility of their quarrel, become friends and end the feud. The wolves, it seems, are the true owners of the forest, while both humans are interlopers. Lovely and charming, but also rather vague and distant, he seems bemused by his "benefactors.
The climax comes when a small child disappears while walking home from Sunday school. A pursuit ensues, but Gabriel and the child disappear near a river.
The only items found are Gabriel's clothes, and the two are never seen again. The story includes many of the author's favorite themes: good intentions gone awry, the banality of polite society, the attraction of the sinister, and the allure of the wild and the forbidden. Lady Carlotta decides not to correct the mistake, acknowledges herself as Miss Hope, a proponent of "the Schartz-Metterklume method" of making children understand history by acting it out themselves, and chooses the Rape of the Sabine Women exemplified by a washerwoman's two girls as the first lesson.
After creating chaos for two days, she departs, explaining that her delayed luggage will include a leopard cub. When the packages are opened young Bertie shouts "It's a fort! Youthful inventiveness finds a way, however, as the boys combine their history lessons on Louis XIV with a lurid and violent play-story about the invasion of Britain and the storming of the Young Women's Christian Association.
The end of the story has Harvey reporting failure to Eleanor, explaining "We have begun too late. The children are inquisitive and mischievous. A bachelor is also travelling in the same compartment.