Louis by saki

Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Saki may be exploring the theme of conflict. Strudwarden is arguing with Lena over where they should go on holidays.

Louis by saki

I think it would be just as well to have a real change of scene while we are about it. To escape from all that set would be a holiday in itself. The set that she gathered round her at Brighton and other South Coast resorts was composed of individuals who might be dull and meaningless in themselves, but who understood the art of flattering Mrs.

She had no intention of foregoing their society and their homage and flinging herself among unappreciative strangers in a foreign capital. Louis would die if he was parted from me for even a week.

Louis by saki

Strudwarden stooped down again and kissed the irresponsive brown nose. It was the action of a woman with a beautifully meek nature, who would, however, send the whole world to the stake sooner than yield an inch where she knew herself to be in the right.

You say he snaps at any one except you and your maid, and you snatched him away from old Lady Peterby the other day, when she wanted to pet him, for fear he would bury his teeth in her.

All that I ever see of him is the top of his unhealthy-looking little nose, peeping out from his basket or from your muff, and I occasionally hear his wheezy little bark when you take him for a walk up and down the corridor.

One might as well work up an affection for the cuckoo in a cuckoo-clock. If you insist on going to Vienna you must go alone, as far as I am concerned.

I think it would be much more sensible if you were to come to Brighton with Louis and me, but of course you must please yourself. Lena is merely making use of it as an instrument for getting her own way on dozens of occasions when she would otherwise be obliged to yield gracefully to your wishes or to the general convenience.

Have you ever come into a room unobserved and heard Lena talking to her beloved pet? That will give you several hours in which to carry out your purpose.

The maid will be flirting with the chauffeur most of the time, and, anyhow, I can manage to keep her out of the way on some pretext or other.

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In what possible guise could death come to a confirmed basket-dweller? We should have to do a lot of other damage as well, which would be rather a nuisance, and the servants would think it odd that they had seen nothing of the invaders.

Pop Louis, kennel and all, into the box, shut it down, and put the other end of the tube over the gas-bracket. There you have a perfect lethal chamber. You can stand the kennel at the open window afterwards, to get rid of the smell of gas, and all that Lena will find when she comes home late in the afternoon will be a placidly defunct Louis.

Swing the door to and fro to send a draught through the room. Elsie gave an exclamation of terror. Louis sat at the door of his dwelling, head erect and ears pricked, as coldly and defiantly inert as when they had put him into his execution chamber.

Strudwarden dropped the kennel with a jerk, and stared for a long moment at the miracle-dog; then he went into a peal of chattering laughter. For a woman who disliked animals, but liked getting her own way under a halo of unselfishness, Mrs.

Strudwarden had managed rather well. I shall have to pay the boy something heavy by way of compensation, so you will have to go without those buckles that you wanted to have for Easter; also I shall have to go to Vienna to consult Dr.

Schroeder, who is a specialist on dog-bites, and you will have to come too. I have sent what remains of Louis to Rowland Ward to be stuffed; that will be my Easter gift to you instead of the buckles.

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Other short stories by Saki also available along with many others by classic and contemporary authors. “Look here,” said Strudwarden, “this eternal Louis business is getting to be a ridiculous nuisance.

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