"Lumber-room" by Hector Munro

The story "Lumber-room" by Hector Munro, a British novelist known for his short stories. The story is about a naughty boy, who misbehaves and as a result his aunt punishes him - she doesn't allow him to go to the sands at Jagborough with other children.

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The extract I would like to speak about is taken from the story "Lumber-room" by Hector Munro, a British novelist best known for his short stories. He had a pseudonym Saki.

The story is about a naughty boy, who misbehaves and as a result his aunt punishes him - she doesn't allow him to go to the sands at Jagborough with other children. That is what the boy tries to achieve. He makes his aunt think that he would go to a gooseberry garden and sneaks into the forbidden lumber-room.

The story is written from the third person. The general atmosphere can be characterized as humorous, sarcastic in some moments, emotional. The stress reaches the climax at the moment when the boy enters the lumber-room and looks at the picture, trying to solve the decision for the man on this picture, surrounded by wolves.

The abstract under analysis presents a piece of description and narration. But the text is not homogeneous: the author's narration is interrupted by the inner monologues of characters.

The bulk of words consists of neutral words though we come across some bookish ones (expedition, rigorously, glorious). The author also employs certain semantic field of region (sin, forbidden paradise, the Evil One). Military (intrusion, attack, tactician), jurisdictional (persons, forfeited). The author brings into the text both types of sentences simple and composite. The grammatical peculiarities of the text serve the basic stylistic purpose - creating implication and emotional tension.

Throughout the text the author gives a lot of details to produce the effect the story is told by a child. As far as it represents the memories of a child the order of actions are not chronological. To create a humorous atmosphere the author employs irony talking about the boy's breakfast (wholesome bread) and lexical repetitions. Doesn't take seriously (nonsense, you are at disgrace), besides it is not a common word for children. + polysemy (and, and, and) The author employs gradation to depict grown-ups but on behalf of the boy it sounds ironically (older and wiser and better people had told him). Also for producing a humorous effect the author describes the situation with the boy's punishment which in fact what planned by himself, for the same reason he uses some epithets like (the dramatic part, frivolous ground, skilled tactician). To make the situation sounds sarcastic, to show that the boy doesn't care about his punishment at all and that he is a manipulator the author employs metonymy and epithet (a few decent tears were looked for on the part if Nicolas). For producing ironic effect and demonstrate children's skeptical attitude to the aunt's expedition the author employs litotes (the party drove off without any of the elation of high spirits). Inversion to show that the boy doesn't take the lady as his real aunt (in styling herself as his aunt also). A world through the eyes of a child - epithets (a fat, important-looking key) and metonymy (the key- it was the instrument which kept the mysteries of lumber-room). Luxuriant imagination, attentive - metaphor (N was in an unknown land), the boy can see the details behind the obvious ). The detailed description of the picture and the way how the boy estimates it not only create a participation effect but also demonstrates N is a smart, circumspect boy (four wolves were coming, there might be more than four of them hidden behind the trees, in any case would the man and his dogs able to cope with four wolves if they make an attack?).

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