In The Lumber-Room by Saki we have the theme of imagination, ingenuity, trust, freedom, arrogance, escape and pride. Taken from his The. The children were to be driven, as a special treat, to the sands at Jagborough. Nicholas was not to be of the party; he was in disgrace. Only that morning he had . A few attributes of story: -The aunt is tyrannical. She thinks Boy would try to enter into the garden, only because she told him not to. -It is depicted that Adult lacks.
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Specifically, it is about how one clever but mischievous boy, Nicholas, seeks to outwit his aunt so he can gain access to the lumber-room with its hidden treasures and curiosities. But Nicholas is smarter than the aunt who endeavours to keep him indoors.
Short Stories: The Lumber Room by Saki
First of all, he is told he will not be allowed to accompany his siblings on their day trip, because he refused to eat his bread-and-milk:. Only that morning he had refused to eat his wholesome bread-and-milk on the seemingly frivolous ground that there was a frog in it. Older and wiser and better people had told him that there could not possibly be a frog in his bread-and-milk and that he was not to talk nonsense; he continued, nevertheless, to talk what seemed the veriest nonsense, and described with much detail the coloration and markings of the alleged frog.
The sin of taking a frog from the garden and putting it into a bowl of wholesome bread-and-milk was enlarged on at great length, but the fact that stood out clearest in the whole affair, as it presented itself to the mind of Nicholas, was that the older, wiser, and better people had been proved to be profoundly in error in matters about which they had expressed the utmost assurance.
As punishment — for refusing to eat his food, remember, not for putting a frog in said food — Nicholas is kept indoors all day while the other children are out playing.
Once again, Nicholas outwits his aunt, convincing her that he longs to go exploring in the gooseberry garden, and thus decoying her into keeping stern watch on the garden, since she fully expects him to attempt to break out into that fruity paradise.
But this is just a distraction, since, knowing that he now has his aunt out the way, Nicholas is able to steal the key that unlocks the lumber-room of the house, and gain access to that forbidden chamber of secrets.
Among other things, a tapestry catches his eye and fires his imagination:. A man, dressed in the hunting costume of some remote period, had just transfixed a stag with an arrow; it could lumbdr have been a difficult shot because the stag was only one or two paces away from him; in the thickly growing vegetation that the picture suggested it would not have been difficult to creep up to a feeding stag, and the two spotted dogs that were springing forward to join in the chase had evidently been trained to keep to heel till the arrow was discharged.
That part of the picture was simple, if interesting, but did the huntsman see, what Nicholas saw, that four galloping wolves were coming in his direction through the wood?
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His aunt, believing she must have missed him when he crept out into that gooseberry garden, goes looking for him, and ends up falling into the rain-water tank. She calls for Nicholas to come and help her to get out, but he tells her that he has been forbidden to set foot in the garden:.
Aunt often tells me that the Evil One tempts me and that I always yield. Oh, Devil, you have sold yourself! There was an unusual sense of luxury in being able to talk to an aunt as though one was talking to the Evil One, but Nicholas knew, with childish discernment, that such luxuries were not to be over-indulged in. As for Nicholas, he, too, was silent, in the absorption of one who has much to think about; it was just possible, he considered, that the huntsman would escape with his hounds while the wolves feasted on waki stricken stag.
If this makes the aunt a liar and a hypocrite, seemingly happy to disregard her own commands when it means saving herself from more time in the water-tank, then Nicholas is lumbe innocent himself. In summary, he is the epitome of the mischievous child.
Short Story Analysis: The Lumber-Room by Saki (H.H. Munro) – The Sitting Bee
Social convention is stifling and dull; the imagination should not be caged by religiously observed rules. The delicious wit and enterprise of Nicholas is what thrills us in the story; his aunt, we feel, belongs in that water-tank with all the other boring adults.
We highly recommend them all. Photo from The War Illustrated 31 July Nicholas is a brilliant protagonist, and his clever use of adult logic against the adults themselves is delightful. Reblogged this on Greek Canadian Literature. To be honest not one of my favourites — Tobermory is wonderfully wicked, and When William Came is chilling.
Tried either of them? Not read When William Came yet — will have to seek it out: Perhaps you have read it? Who said Fyodor didnt have a sense of humour! When William Came is brilliant. The William of the title ,umber Kaiser Bill, and the longish story is set in an alternative future England which has lost the then imminent First World War. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. First of all, he is told he will not be allowed to accompany his siblings on their day trip, because he refused to eat his bread-and-milk: Among other things, a tapestry catches his eye and fires his imagination: She calls for Nicholas to come and help her to get out, lunber he tells her that he has been forbidden to set foot in the garden: About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors.
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