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Reginald [BOOKS] ✫ Reginald Author Saki – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk People may say what they like about the decay of Christianity the religious system that produced green Chartreuse can never really die SakiSaki was the pen name of British author Hector Hugh Munro, a People may say what they like about the decay of Christianity the religious system that produced green Chartreuse can never really die SakiSaki was the pen name of British author Hector Hugh Munro, a witty, often macabre author who wrote an appreciative novel of the German conquest of England an then in his forties, mind you signed up to die on the Belgian front during World War I He s considered a master of the short story and is often compared to O Henry and Dorothy Parker His stories are generally short, and often memorable If you haven t read him before, you re in for a treat.


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  1. Glenn Russell Glenn Russell says:

    Lesson to last a lifetime never put pressure on an aesthete or lover of books or someone with highly refined taste to attend a social occasion filled with idle chit chat It will not work as the narrator of this delightfully hilarious Saki tale finds out the hard way And keeping in the spirit of this snapping Saki shorty and as something of a bonus I hope , I have included my own microfiction beneath the illustration of those two Victorian gentlemen Bon app tit REGINALDI did it I who shoul Lesson to last a lifetime never put pressure on an aesthete or lover of books or someone with highly refined taste to attend a social occasion filled with idle chit chat It will not work as the narrator of this delightfully hilarious Saki tale finds out the hard way And keeping in the spirit of this snapping Saki shorty and as something of a bonus I hope , I have included my own microfiction beneath the illustration of those two Victorian gentlemen Bon app tit REGINALDI did it I who should have known better I persuaded Reginald to go to the McKillops garden party against his will.We all make mistakes occasionally They know you re here, and they ll think it so funny if you don t go And I want particularly to be in with Mrs McKillop just now I know, you want one of her smoke Persian kittens as a prospective wife for Wumples or a husband, is it Reginald has a magnificent scorn for details, other than sartorial And I am expected to undergo social martyrdom to suit the connubial exigencies Reginald It s nothing of the kind, only I m sure Mrs McKillop Would be pleased if I brought you Young men of your brilliant attractions are rather at a premium at her garden parties Should be at a premium in heaven, remarked Reginald complacently There will be very few of you there, if that is what you mean But seriously, there won t be any great strain upon your powers of endurance I promise you that you shan t have to play croquet, or talk to the Archdeacon s wife, or do anything that is likely to bring on physical prostration You can just wear your sweetest clothes and moderately amiable expression, and eat chocolate creams with the appetite of a blase parrot Nothingis demanded of you Reginald shut his eyes There will be the exhaustingly up to date young women who will ask me if I have seen San Toy a less progressive grade who will yearn to hear about the Diamond Jubilee the historic event, not the horse With a little encouragement, they will inquire if I saw the Allies march into Paris Why are women so fond of raking up the past They re as bad as tailors, who invariably remember what you owe them for a suit long after you ve ceased to wear it I ll order lunch for one o clock that will give you two and a half hours to dress in Reginald puckered his brow into a tortured frown, and I knew that my point was gained He was debating what tie would go with which waistcoat.Even then I had my misgivings During the drive to the McKillops Reginald was possessed with a great peace, which was not wholly to be accounted for by the fact that he had inveigled his feet into shoes a size too small for them I misgavethan ever, and having once launched Reginald on to the McKillops lawn, I established him near a seductive dish of marrons glaces, and as far from the Archdeacon s wife as possible as I drifted away to a diplomatic distance I heard with painful distinctness the eldest Mawkby girl asking him if he had seen San Toy.It must have been ten minutes later, not , and I had been having QUITE an enjoyable chat with my hostess, and had promised to lend her The Eternal City and my recipe for rabbit mayonnaise, and was just about to offer a kind home for her third Persian kitten, when I perceived, out of the corner of my eye, that Reginald was not where I had left him, and that the marrons glaces were untasted At the same moment I became aware that old Colonel Mendoza was essaying to tell his classic story of how he introduced golf into India, and that Reginald was in dangerous proximity There are occasions when Reginald is caviare to the Colonel When I was at Poona in 76 My dear Colonel, purred Reginald, fancy admitting such a thing Such a give away for one s age I wouldn t admit being on this planet in 76 Reginald in his wildest lapses into veracity never admits to beingthan twenty two The Colonel went to the colour of a fig that has attained great ripeness, and Reginald, ignoring my efforts to intercept him, glided away to another part of the lawn I found him a few minutes later happily engaged in teaching the youngest Rampage boy the approved theory of mixing absinthe, within full earshot of his mother Mrs Rampage occupies a prominent place in local Temperance movements.As soon as I had broken up this unpromising tete a tete and settled Reginald where he could watch the croquet players losing their tempers, I wandered off to find my hostess and renew the kitten negotiations at the point where they had been interrupted I did not succeed in running her down at once, and eventually it was Mrs McKillop who sought me out, and her conversation was not of kittens Your cousin is discussing Zaza with the Archdeacon s wife at least, he is discussing, she is ordering her carriage She spoke in the dry, staccato tone of one who repeats a French exercise, and I knew that as far as Millie McKillop was concerned, Wumples was devoted to a lifelong celibacy If you don t mind, I said hurriedly, I think we d like our carriage ordered too, and I made a forced march in the direction of the croquet ground.I found everyone talking nervously and feverishly of the weather and the war in South Africa, except Reginald, who was reclining in a comfortable chair with the dreamy, far away look that a volcano might wear just after it had desolated entire villages The Archdeacon s wife was buttoning up her gloves with a concentrated deliberation that was fearful to behold I shall have to treble my subscription to her Cheerful Sunday Evenings Fund before I dare set foot in her house again.At that particular moment the croquet players finished their game, which had been going on without a symptom of finality during the whole afternoon Why, I ask, should it have stopped precisely when a counter attraction was so necessary Everyone seemed to drift towards the area of disturbance, of which the chairs of the Archdeacon s wife and Reginald formed the storm centre Conversation flagged, and there settled upon the company that expectant hush that precedes the dawn when your neighbours don t happen to keep poultry What did the Caspian Sea asked Reginald, with appalling suddenness.There were symptoms of a stampede The Archdeacon s wife looked at me Kipling or someone has described somewhere the look a foundered camel gives when the caravan moves on and leaves it to its fate The peptonised reproach in the good lady s eyes brought the passage vividly to my mind.I played my last card Reginald, it s getting late, and a sea mist is coming on I knew that the elaborate curl over his right eyebrow was not guaranteed to survive a sea mist Never, never again, will I take you to a garden party NeverYou behaved abominablyWhat did the Caspian see A shade of genuine regret for misused opportunities passed over Reginald s face After all, he said, I believe an apricot tie would have gone better with the lilac waistcoat THE BACKHANDED COMPLEMENTAll the people gather round and shower me with compliments Right in the middle of my shower, someone enters our gathering and delivers a backhanded compliment I feel all the indignity and shock of having been slapped in the face by the back of someone s hand Not the smooth palm, but the bony backhand Had the deliverer of this backhanded compliment remained with us, I would confront him with his affront to my dignity But the backhander is no longer with us He delivered his backhanded complement and made his exit The other members share my indignity and shock at such an insult How coarse and vile someone exclaims To say such a thing and then exit by the back door


  2. Rose Rose says:

    I love Munro His skill with the eminently quotable epigrams and pearls of wisdom effortlessly embedded in his stories makes me surprised that he seems to receive less attention for them than Oscar Wilde does for his In this book, some of my favourites included Trouble is not one of those fancies you can take up and drop at any moment it s like a grouse moor or the opium habit once you start it you ve got to keep it up To my mind, education is an absurdly over rated affair At least, one n I love Munro His skill with the eminently quotable epigrams and pearls of wisdom effortlessly embedded in his stories makes me surprised that he seems to receive less attention for them than Oscar Wilde does for his In this book, some of my favourites included Trouble is not one of those fancies you can take up and drop at any moment it s like a grouse moor or the opium habit once you start it you ve got to keep it up To my mind, education is an absurdly over rated affair At least, one never took it very seriously at school, where everything was done to bring it prominently under one s notice Anything that is worth knowing one practically teaches oneself, and the rest obtrudes itself sooner or later Hors d oeuvres have always a pathetic interest for me, said Reginald they remind me of one s childhood that one goes through, wondering what the next course is going to be like and during the rest of the menu one wishes one had eatenof the hors d oeuvres Children are given us to discourage our better emotions And as a bonus, I loved the description of a girl who wears a frock that s made at home and repented at leisure


  3. Eleanor Eleanor says:

    Just like a perfect souffl light and utterly delicious Very reminiscent of Oscar Wilde Reginald had left the selection of a feeding ground to her womanly intuition, but he chose the wine himself, knowing that womanly intuition stops short at claret A woman will cheerfully choose husbands for her less attractive friends, or take sides in a political controversy without the least knowledge of the issues involved but no woman ever cheerfully chose a claret Reginald at the Carlton and Just like a perfect souffl light and utterly delicious Very reminiscent of Oscar Wilde Reginald had left the selection of a feeding ground to her womanly intuition, but he chose the wine himself, knowing that womanly intuition stops short at claret A woman will cheerfully choose husbands for her less attractive friends, or take sides in a political controversy without the least knowledge of the issues involved but no woman ever cheerfully chose a claret Reginald at the Carlton and The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened It s only the middle aged who are really conscious of their limitations that is why one should be so patient with them But one never is Reginald at the Carlton Highly recommended as a pick me up


  4. Leslie Leslie says:

    I found these short stories, which are very short by the way, very amusing but very British turn of the century meaning the early 1900s not the early 2000s Those readers not familiar with this period might not understand what is so funny about them.However, I think that if you like the humor of Oscar Wilde, it would be worth trying some of Saki s short stories I found these short stories, which are very short by the way, very amusing but very British turn of the century meaning the early 1900s not the early 2000s Those readers not familiar with this period might not understand what is so funny about them.However, I think that if you like the humor of Oscar Wilde, it would be worth trying some of Saki s short stories


  5. Scott Scott says:

    Elegant, urbane, and effete, with a surprising streak of cruelty, Reginald is a perfect antidote to Baden Powell s Boy Scouts or maybe the raison d etre for the whole youth movement Reginald exercises his snarky wit against the foibles of Edwardian England s upper crust, at the expense of capitalists, imperialists, and the poor lads in the choir If you like Wilde s brilliant repartee, or Wodehouse s cheeky Psmith, or the nearly sadistic tone of Hilaire Belloc sCautionary Tales for Chil Elegant, urbane, and effete, with a surprising streak of cruelty, Reginald is a perfect antidote to Baden Powell s Boy Scouts or maybe the raison d etre for the whole youth movement Reginald exercises his snarky wit against the foibles of Edwardian England s upper crust, at the expense of capitalists, imperialists, and the poor lads in the choir If you like Wilde s brilliant repartee, or Wodehouse s cheeky Psmith, or the nearly sadistic tone of Hilaire Belloc sCautionary Tales for Children , you ll very probably enjoy Saki s Reginald 1904


  6. Diane Diane says:

    A funny, often anarchic collections of short fiction about Reginald, a mischievous young man who delights in causing trouble, especially for older,conservative members of society The narrator of Reginald states I did it I who should have known better I persuaded Reginald to go to the McKillops garden party against his will We all make mistakes occasionally That s a bit of understatement, considering Reginald s behavior at the party.Then there s the attempt of the vicar s daughte A funny, often anarchic collections of short fiction about Reginald, a mischievous young man who delights in causing trouble, especially for older,conservative members of society The narrator of Reginald states I did it I who should have known better I persuaded Reginald to go to the McKillops garden party against his will We all make mistakes occasionally That s a bit of understatement, considering Reginald s behavior at the party.Then there s the attempt of the vicar s daughter to reform Reginald She mistakenly allows him to supervise the annual outing of the choirboys that culminates in a Bacchanalian procession through the village The singing had died down long before the main street was reached, but the miserable wailing of pipes brought the inhabitants to their doors Reginald said he had seen something like it in pictures the villagers had seen nothing like it in their lives, and remarked as much freely.Reginald s family never forgave him They had no sense of humour Then there s his prank on the rather pompous Miss Langshan Smith There was a paper pinned on her door with a signed request that she might be called particularly early on the morrow Such an opportunity does not come twice in a lifetime I covered up everything except the signature with another notice, to the effect that before these words should meet the eye she would have ended a misspent life, was sorry for the trouble she was giving, and would like a military funeral A few minutes later I violently exploded an air filled paper bag on the landing, and gave a stage moan that could have been heard in the cellars Then I pursued my original intention and went to bed The noise those people made in forcing open the good lady s door was positively indecorous she resisted gallantly, but I believe they searched her for bullets for about a quarter of an hour, as if she had been an historic battlefield Reginald also sees himself as a philosopher, and has opinions on just about everything For example, on aunts Then there are aunts They are always a difficult class to deal with in the matter of presents The trouble is that one never catches them really young enough By the time one has educated them to an appreciation of the fact that one does not wear red woollen mittens in the West End, they die, or quarrel with the family, or do something equally inconsiderate That is why the supply of trained aunts is always so precarious On canaries I knew a canary once that had been trying for months and years to hatch out a family, and everyone looked upon it as a blameless infatuation, like the sale of Delagoa Bay, which would be an annual loss to the Press agencies if it ever came to pass and one day the bird really did bring it off, in the middle of family prayers I say the middle, but it was also the end you can t go on being thankful for daily bread when you are wondering what on earth very new canaries expect to be fed on Education And then there s the Education Question not that I can see that there s anything to worry about in that direction To my mind, education is an absurdly over rated affair At least, one never took it very seriously at school, where everything was done to bring it prominently under one s notice Anything that is worth knowing one practically teaches oneself, and the rest obtrudes itself sooner or later The reason one s elders know so comparatively little is because they have to unlearn so much that they acquired by way of education before we were born Children It is dreadful to think that other people s grandchildren may one day rise up and call one amiable There are moments when one sympathises with Herod Reginald is like a mix of MASH , the Marx brothers, and P G Wodehouse The stories sometimes lag, which is why I only gave it four stars, but there is a lot that is very funny, especially Reginald s Choir Treat and Reginald s Christmas Revel There is a sequel, Reginald in Russia, which I have not read yet


  7. Mo Mo says:

    I read these short stories off and on over the past month They brought to mind a quote by Oscar Wilde I read these short stories off and on over the past month They brought to mind a quote by Oscar Wilde


  8. H. P. Reed H. P. Reed says:

    Reginald is Bertie Wooster with edge Lots of edge Or perhaps he s actually a cat in human form Yes, admirer of felines though I am, they are, like Reginald, lackadaisical and selfish to an almost virtuous degree There s no desire to please in Reginald, no wish to keep the peace He is focused on only one issue the care and feeding of Reginald I wouldn t want to meet him in the preciously dressed flesh but Saki s Bright Young Thing is fun to follow in this book He says things normal people Reginald is Bertie Wooster with edge Lots of edge Or perhaps he s actually a cat in human form Yes, admirer of felines though I am, they are, like Reginald, lackadaisical and selfish to an almost virtuous degree There s no desire to please in Reginald, no wish to keep the peace He is focused on only one issue the care and feeding of Reginald I wouldn t want to meet him in the preciously dressed flesh but Saki s Bright Young Thing is fun to follow in this book He says things normal people would never think of saying to all the stuffy, self satisfied upper middle class folk he meets An illustrative passage gives us an idea of Reginald s general behavior when bored His friend, who brought him to a garden party tells us that Reginald, ignoring my efforts to intercept him, glided away to another part of the lawn I found him a few minutes later happily engaged in teaching the youngest Rampage boy the approved theory of mixing absinthe, within full earshot of his mother Mrs Rampage occupies a prominent place in local Temperance movements While we in the 21st century are long past the day of Temperance movements, we can still appreciate the chaos that Reginald brings to a very boring situation In relieving himself, he brightens our day


  9. Bhan13 Bhan13 says:

    A familiarity with Edwardian England and Victorian literature increases enjoyment of this book a lot because of the constant references, I am reading this aloud to others and sometimes we re laughing so hard we re crying We all adore Reginald although he is so terrible it would be hard to have him in the house.It s hard to pick just a few epigrams because Munro is such a master, I wish I could just copy out Reginald on House Parties and Reginald s Peace Poem in their entiretyWald A familiarity with Edwardian England and Victorian literature increases enjoyment of this book a lot because of the constant references, I am reading this aloud to others and sometimes we re laughing so hard we re crying We all adore Reginald although he is so terrible it would be hard to have him in the house.It s hard to pick just a few epigrams because Munro is such a master, I wish I could just copy out Reginald on House Parties and Reginald s Peace Poem in their entiretyWaldo is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death The Feast of Nemesis Reginald sat in a corner of the Princess s salon and tried to forgive the furniture, which started out with an obvious intention of being Louis Quinze, but relapsed at frequent intervals into Wilhelm II Reginald in Russia Reginald closed his eyes with the elaborate weariness of one who has rather nice eyelashes and thinks it useless to conceal the fact Reginald s Drama Think how many blameless lives are brightened by the blazing indiscretions of other people Reginald at the Carlton Reginald in his wildest lapses into veracity never admits to beingthan twenty two Reginald We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other married couples they sometimes live apart The Unbearable Bassington , ch 13 1912


  10. Rishit Rishit says:

    A very nice collection of short stories by the famed writer of the 90 s Hector Hugh Munro Saki The book s based on a young man Reginald.The book s really fun to read and is very gripping It s a very light read.


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