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Friday, December 03, 2010

Letter of the Week: Suzanne Stanley on Tobermory

A real gem in the DT letters page from Suzanne Stanley- a fellow Saki fan.

SIR – The personal insults revealed in the latest round of WikiLeaks remind me of Saki’s short story “Tobermory”, in which an observant cat of that name has been trained to talk.

Brought into a polite house party to demonstrate his talents, he reveals the rude remarks guests have made about one another. The ensuing panic leads to the hostess’s decision to have him destroyed. The following day, Tobermory’s corpse is brought in from the shrubbery, apparently the victim of “the big Tom from the Rectory”.

I imagine lots of people would love to call on the services of a big Tom now.

Suzanne Stanley, Swarland, Northumberland

If you’ve never read ‘Tobermory’ by Saki, then I highly recommend it. You’re in for a real treat.

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