Short story: “Gabriel-Ernest”

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“Gabriel-Ernest,” by Saki (H. H. Munro)

Appeared in the Westminster Gazette on May 29, 1909; collected in Reginald in Russia and other sketches (Project Gutenberg); also found online here; there’s a good audio version of this in Eleven Classic Short Stories

2,480 words

Now this is good Saki. He’s great when he just casts a cool, almost objective eye on the world, rather than pushing his agenda. (His agenda being to see a wild, virile, amoral young man making a fool of a bunch of stuffy old twits—which he achieves as usual.) I like how Van Cheele and his dopey aunt are both drawn with a light touch.