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.

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Nicholas shut the book, restored it carefully to its place in a corner, and shook some dust from a neighbouring pile of newspapers over it. His aunt was still calling his name when he sauntered into the front garden.

It is as though the Aunt is losing an argument with a child. In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Luckily there’s no water in it, but the sides are slippery and I can’t get out. 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.

She is deliberately punishing him because she feels as though he was lying about there being a frog in his breakfast. Nicholas sat for many golden minutes revolving the possibilities of the scene; he was inclined to think that there were more than four wolves and that the man and his dogs were in a tight corner.

The dramatic part of the incident was that there really was a frog in Nicholas’s basin of bread-and-milk; he had put it there himself, so he felt entitled to know something about it.

Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He walked noisily away, and it was a sski, in search of parsley, who eventually rescued the aunt from the rain-water tank.

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.

She had grown suspicious at his long disappearance, and had leapt to the conclusion that he had climbed over the wall behind the sheltering screen of the lilac bushes; she was now engaged in energetic and rather hopeless search for him among the artichokes and raspberry canes. It’s no use trying to hide there; I can see you all the time.


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What makes the lumber-room so important in the story is the fact that Nicholas through his vivid imagination is able to escape into a world that he himself believes in. Your email address will not be published. Which appears to be the case at the end of the story when Nicholas and his Aunt are at the table.

Through his ingenuity Nicholas has managed to lumebr his Aunt rather than it being her who controls him. Auden Poems Everyone Should Read. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser.

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 bby trusting too much to luck and accident. Such parts ny the house as Nicholas knew best were rather bare and cheerless, but here there were wonderful things for the eye to feast on.

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. Something that any adult would dread as it would result in their pride being wounded. As a matter lujber fact, he had no intention of trying to get doom the gooseberry garden, but it was extremely convenient for sakki that his aunt should believe that he had; it was a belief that sakl keep her on selfimposed sentry-duty for the greater part of the aftemoon.

She had grown suspicious at his long disappearance, and had leapt to the conclusion that he had climbed over the wall behind the sheltering screen of the lilac bushes: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. It was clear to his aunt that he was determined to get into the gooseberry garden, “only,” as she remarked to herself, “because I have told him he is not to.

She calls for Nicholas to come and help her to get out, but he tells her that he has been forbidden to set lumbeg in the garden: 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.

Instead she is the one who has been punished and to make matters worse she has been punished by a child. Nicholas did not admit the flawlessness of the reasoning; he felt perfectly capable of being in disgrace and in a gooseberry garden at the same moment. What is important is that Nicholas was being honest. No longer is she dominant over Nicholas. How they will enjoy themselves! Tea that evening was partaken of in a fearsome silence.


Older and wiser and better people had told him that there ,umber not possibly be a frog in his bread-and-milk and that he was not to talk nonsense; he continued, nevertheless, to talk what seemed the veriest nonsense, and described with much detail the coloration and rom of the alleged frog.

The key turned stiffly in the lock, but it turned. He is not constrained as others would be.

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 enjoyed themselves. The Aunt of the other hand is performing menial tasks in the gooseberry garden.

Short Story Analysis: The Lumber-Room by Saki (H.H. Munro) – The Sitting Bee

Cite Post McManus, Dermot. If anything there is a battle of wits between Nicholas and his Aunt. A man, dressed in the hunting costume of some remote period, had just transfixed a stag with an arrow; it could not have been a difficult shot because the stag was only one or two paces away from him; in the thickly growing vegetation that the picture suggested it would not have been difficult to creep up to a feeding stag, and the two spotted dogs that were springing forward to join in the chase had evidently been trained to keep to heel till the arrow was discharged.

To Nicholas it was a 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.

First of all, he is told he will not be allowed to accompany his siblings on their day trip, because he refused to eat his bread-and-milk:. 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, but 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.

His mind is firmly fixed on what he has seen in the lumber-room. Only that morning he had refused to eat his wholesome bread-and-milk on the lumbee frivolous ground that there was a frog in it.