Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Saki

HH Munro, aka, Saki, was born today in Akyab, Burma, in 1870. His stories are brilliant and indescribable - who can forget Tobermory ( "If he was trying German irregular verbs on the poor beast," said Clovis, "he deserved all he got."), or the girl in The Open Window (Romance at short notice was her speciality.) or Lady Carlotta and The Schartz-Metterklume Method (
"How tiresome for you, dear Carlotta," said her
hostess, when the overdue guest ultimately arrived; "how
very tiresome losing your train and having to stop
overnight in a strange place."

"Oh dear, no," said Lady Carlotta; "not at all
tiresome - for me."
), or Conradin and Sredni Vashtar (
Sredni Vashtar went forth,
His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.
His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.
Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful.
), and the wolves, all the hungry wolves, in so many stories? Read Saki here.

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At 10:03 AM, December 21, 2012 Blogger Barry Leiba had this to say...

Schartz-Metterklume has always been my favourite, with a number of lines that I use regularly today (the bits I regularly quote are in italics):

»  On this occasion she merely lost the train, which gave way to the first sign of impatience it had shown throughout the journey, and steamed off without her.

»  "You must be Miss Hope, the governess I've come to meet," said the apparition, in a tone that admitted of very little argument.
"Very well, if I must I must," said Lady Carlotta to herself with dangerous meekness.

»  [...] the luggage had, in point of fact, behaved with perfect correctitude.


And, then, of course, there's this gem from "Reginald on Besetting Sins":

»  The cook was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go she went.


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