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Esme by H. While on a fox hunting trip one day, the Baroness and her friend Constance happen to come upon a hyena that has escaped from a local, private zoo. The hyena is quite tame, and follows the two mounted women as they head off after their disconcerted hounds. Constance is quite perturbed by the presence of the hyena, but the Baroness takes it in stride, and decides to call the animal Esme.
As they are riding, Esme suddenly takes off into some bushes, where he mauls a gypsy child to death. Esme unfortunately comes to his own grisly end when he is struck and killed by an automobile. Finally the Baroness is stirred into outrage, claiming that the motorist killed her Esme. She explains it thus:. His father was an inspector-general of the police there. His mother unfortunately died in a cow related accident and Munro and his brother and sister were sent to live with their obligatorily cruel aunts.
After completing his schooling, Munro returned to Burma where he enlisted in the Colonial Burmese Military Police, returning to England again only due to poor health. For a time he was a journalist, writing satirical pieces for different newspapers and magazines. He worked as a foreign correspondent after that, and began publishing his first novels around the same time. Being like most bad-ass writers of the time, he volunteered for the army at the start of World War 1, even though he was technically too old, and wrote many of his short stories from the trenches.
He was fatally shot by a German sniper in France in Talk about a moral quandary. Guilie Quiet Laughter. I know, right? It certainly makes it more amusing, but horrifying at the same time. Poor woman. TD Harvey. A to Z participant. Not in those exact words, no. The world was a death trap in the previous centuries.
Hey, Saki! I love him! Or that is my experience with his work, anyway. Great piece on a fun writer! Thank you for the recommendation.
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The Chronicles of Clovis
This work was published before January 1, , and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least years ago. In , H. Munro Saki gave up foreign reporting and settled in London. Many of his stories from this period feature Reginald and Clovis, young men-about-town who take mischievous delight in the discomfort or downfall of their conventional, pretentious elders. The Match-Maker. Packletide's Tiger.
Esme by H. While on a fox hunting trip one day, the Baroness and her friend Constance happen to come upon a hyena that has escaped from a local, private zoo. The hyena is quite tame, and follows the two mounted women as they head off after their disconcerted hounds. Constance is quite perturbed by the presence of the hyena, but the Baroness takes it in stride, and decides to call the animal Esme. As they are riding, Esme suddenly takes off into some bushes, where he mauls a gypsy child to death. Esme unfortunately comes to his own grisly end when he is struck and killed by an automobile.
Esmé by Saki (H.H. Munro)
Munro , was a British writer whose witty, mischievous and sometimes macabre stories satirize Edwardian society and culture. He is considered by English teachers and scholars as a master of the short story , and often compared to O. Henry and Dorothy Parker. Besides his short stories which were first published in newspapers, as was customary at the time, and then collected into several volumes , he wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot , in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire the only book published under his own name ; a short novel, The Unbearable Bassington ; the episodic The Westminster Alice a parliamentary parody of Alice in Wonderland ; and When William Came , subtitled A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns , a fantasy about a future German invasion and occupation of Britain. In , on a home visit to England, Mary Munro was charged by a cow, and the shock caused her to miscarry. She never recovered and soon died.
Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is a frame narrative and after reading the story the reader realises that Saki may be exploring the theme of arrogance. This may be important as it suggests that not only is the Baroness and Constance detached from the realities of life but they may also be exceptionally arrogant considering themselves better than others. It is also interesting that neither woman at any stage of the story gets off their horses. Symbolically Saki may be using the horses to suggest that both women consider themselves to be above others.