At a glance:
- Author: Saki
- First Published: 1911
- Type of Plot: Fantasy
- Time of Work: About 1910
- Setting: The English countryside
- Characters: Lady Carlotta, Mrs. Quabarl, Mr. Quabarl, Claude, Wilfred, Irene, Viola
- Genres: Short fiction, Fantasy
- Subjects: Teaching or teachers, Children, Twentieth century, Rural or country life, 1910's, England or English people, Aristocracy or aristocrats, Pretensions
- Locales: Europe, England, United Kingdom
While traveling to visit a friend in the English countryside, Lady Carlotta steps out of her railway carriage as the train stops at a provincial station. She observes a carter abusing his overworked horse, intervenes on behalf of the beast, and misses her train. An “imposingly attired lady,” Mrs. Quabarl, assumes that Lady Carlotta is her newly hired governess, Miss Hope, and imperiously whisks her off to the family mansion. Lady Carlotta says nothing to correct the misunderstanding. During the trip Mrs. Quabarl instructs her that she does not wish her children to...
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