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.
Less promising in appearance was a large square book with plain black covers; Nicholas peeped into it, and, behold, it was full of coloured pictures of birds.
The Wolves Of Cernogratz. The tide had been at its highest when the children had arrived at Jagborough Cove, so there had been no sands to play on — a circumstance that the aunt had overlooked in the haste of organising her punitive expedition.
It was probably the first time for twenty years aski any one had smiled in that lumber-room. Aunt often tells me that the Evil One tempts me and that I always yield This time I’m not going to yield. And there was a ,umber sandal-wood box packed tight with aromatic cotton-wool, and between the layers of cotton-wool were little brass figures, hump-necked bulls, and peacocks and goblins, delightful to see and to handle. In the second place it was a storehouse of unimagined treasures.
To Nicholas it was rook living, breathing story; he sat down on a roll of Indian hangings, glowing in wonderful colours beneath a layer of dust, and took in all the details of the tapestry picture.
The key turned stiffly in the lock, but it turned. His cousins’ aunt, who insisted, by an unwarranted stretch of imagination, in styling herself his aunt also, had hastily invented the Jagborough expedition in order to impress on Nicholas the delights that he had justly forfeited by his disgraceful conduct at the breakfast-table.
The aunt had many other things to do that afternoon, but she spent an hour or two in trivial gardening operations among flower beds and shrubberies, whence she could keep a watchful eye on the two doors that led to the forbidden paradise.
But this ,umber 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, xaki gain access to that forbidden chamber of secrets. Nicholas had not had much experience of the art of fitting keys into keyholes and turning locks, but for some days past he had practised with the key of the schoolroom door; he did not believe in trusting too much to luck lumbef accident. Aunt often tells me that the Evil One tempts me and that I always yield.
The tightness of Bobby’s boots had had a disasterous effect on his temper the whole of the afternoon, and altogether the children could not have been said to have lmuber themselves.
It is as though the Aunt is losing an argument with a child.
The Reading Bug January 21, at We highly recommend them all. There is also a sense that Nicholas lymber proud about his ability to outsmart his Aunt and the other adults when it comes to the incident with the frog.
How dull and shapeless the nursery teapot seemed in comparison! And as he was admiring the colouring of the mandarin duck and assigning a life-history to it, the voice of his aunt in shrill vociferation of his name came from the gooseberry garden without.
Something that Nicholas is able to play on while his Aunt is in the rain-water tank. Though this may sound ridiculous this may be the point that Saki is making.
Nicholas unlike his Aunt has a wonderful imagination roo, that is noticeable while he is in the lumber-room. He walked noisily away, and it was a kitchenmaid, in search of parsley, who eventually rescued the aunt from the rain-water tank. There might be more than four of them hidden behind the trees, and in any case would the man and his dogs be able to cope with the four wolves if they made an attack?
She appears to do everything she can to scupper any plans that Nicholas might have to enjoy himself or to simply be a child. Such parts of luumber house as Nicholas knew best were rather bare and cheerless, but here there were wonderful things for the eye to feast on.
Photo from The War Illustrated 31 July 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.
He walked noisily away, and it was a lubmer, in search of parsley, who eventually rescued the aunt from the rain-water tank. The door opened, and Nicholas was in an unknown land, compared with which the gooseberry garden was a stale delight, a mere material pleasure. I’ve been looking for you in the gooseberry garden, and I’ve slipped into the rain-water tank.
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, kumber 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.
Short Stories: The Lumber Room by Saki
Unlike his Aunt who the reader discovers later on in the story has lied about the jam. The man had only two arrows left in his quiver, and he might miss with one or both of them; all one knew about his skill in shooting was that he could hit a large stag at a ridiculously short range. Interesting Literature is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon.
It is said that when a Cernogratz dies in the family castle, the wolves in the forest howl all night long A few decent tears were looked for on the part of Nicholas when the moment for the departure of the expedition arrived.
As a matter of fact, he had no intention of trying to get into the gooseberry garden, but it was extremely convenient for him that his aunt should believe that he had; it was a belief that would keep her on self-imposed sentry-duty for the greater part of the afternoon.
Aunt often tells me that the Evil One tempts me and that I always yield. The aunt maintained the frozen muteness of one who has suffered undignified and unmerited detention in a rain-water tank for thirty-five minutes. Nicholas made one or two sorties into the front garden, wriggling his way with obvious stealth of purpose towards one or other of the doors, but never able for a moment to evade the aunt’s watchful eye. A small boy has outwitted an adult who ends up acting like a spoiled child.
Tea that evening was partaken of in a fearsome silence. The door opened, and Nicholas was in an unknown land, compared with which the gooseberry garden was a stale delight, a mere material pleasure. 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.
Which appears to be the case at the end of the story when Nicholas and his Aunt are at the table. 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:. It is also easy to sympathize with Nicholas when it comes to his relationship with his Aunt. Having thoroughly confirmed and fortified her suspicions Nicholas slipped back into the house and rapidly put into execution a plan of action that had long germinated in his brain.
As a matter of fact, however, all the crying was done by his ny, who scraped her knee rather painfully against the step of the carriage as she was scrambling in.
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: