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The Lumber Room

Modeled after the two aunts who raised Saki, the aunt of "The Lumber Room" is autocratic, repressive, petty, and unimaginative. Nicholas's soi-aunt lacks the imagination to understand why Nicholas...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2017 6:22 am UTC

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In order to identify literary techniques, one must first understand what they are and how to name them. Literary techniques are like the unseen ingredients in a cake. If you know, for example, what...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2019 9:31 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

Nicholas is a very smart young man who has planned out this day very carefully. He is dying to get into that lumber room. There is nothing worse than being told you cannot go into a room. He...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 3:23 am UTC

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In “The Lumber Room” by Saki, Nicholas implements his plan to enter the forbidden room while his aunt searches for him in the gooseberry garden. Being just a little boy, Nicholas practiced using a...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2016 11:24 pm UTC

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According to Saki's story, we have two instances where Nicholas gets the better of his aunt, after the children leave for Jagborough Beach: 1)He manages to secure passage into the coveted lumber...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 10:13 pm UTC

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Nicholas's aunt—strictly-speaking, his cousins' aunt—sends the children to Jagborough as a treat, a reward for their good behavior. By the same token, Nicholas is not allowed to go because he's...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2018 8:21 am UTC

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There are a number of lines in the short story “The Lumber Room” by Saki that demonstrate the gap between the generations. The story illustrates the difference in reasoning skills between the...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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Nicholas is much more clever than his self-appointed aunt because he is skillfully able to manipulate words and actions to his advantage. The first instance of how Nicholas's cleverness defeats his...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 6:38 pm UTC

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One theme of "The Lumber Room" by Saki is the stultifying and unnatural conventions of Edwardian England's society vs. the natural world. In Saki's story, the self-appointed aunt, who is...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 8:39 pm UTC

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In the short story “The Lumber Room,” Saki primarily uses the aunt to satirize the authoritarian adult thinking and actions towards Nicholas and the other children. Although the aunt believes she...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016 6:25 pm UTC

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Nicholas has a plan. He cannot have the rest of the family around when he initiates this plan. So, the rest of the family is taking a trip to the sands at Jagboroug. Nick is not invited. In...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 1:49 am UTC

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After what seems like an eternity trapped inside an empty rainwater tank, Nicholas's aunt is finally rescued by a kitchen maid. She could and should have been rescued a lot sooner. But she'd...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2020 10:36 am UTC

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The woman he calls aunt isn't really Nicholas's aunt at all. She's his cousins's aunt but still insists on being referred to as Nicholas's aunt all the same. This gives her the authority to...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2019 10:47 am UTC

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The Lumber Room

In Saki's "The Lumber Room," the soi-disant, self-appointed aunt, decides things dogmatically without considering any variables because she is narrow-minded and unimaginative. Saki does, indeed,...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2015 7:00 am UTC

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The Lumber Room

The short story "The Lumber Room" by Saki tells of a boy named Nickolas who is being punished by his aunt. He claims that there is a frog in his bread and milk, and there is, because he has put it...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 3:53 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

When, in H.H. Munro's (Saki's) short story The Lumber Room, Nicholas initially gains entrance to the titular space, one is lead to believe that the curious boy's most important discovery is a...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2017 3:23 am UTC

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Nicholas is the protagonist in “The Lumber Room” by Saki. He is the main masculine character, and he exhibits cunning actions in the face of adversity, which, by definition, makes him a hero in the...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2016 4:41 pm UTC

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The humor of "The Lumber Room" arises from the perceptions of a humorless, single-minded, imperious aunt set against the free-spirited, imaginative and impish mind of the boy Nicholas. There is...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015 10:12 pm UTC

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Apparently, Saki had a real-life aunt after whom he modeled the self-appointed aunt of the protagonist, Nicholas, in "The Lumber Room." For the author, this aunt represents the person without...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2015 9:10 pm UTC

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No, Nicholas does not think that this aunt is the Evil One. He probably thinks she's evil, given that she's always telling him off and given that she prevented him from having a nice day out with...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 12:22 pm UTC

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In “The Lumber Room” by Saki, Nicholas is “in disgrace” for a number of reasons. The most obvious reason seems to be that he refused to eat his breakfast because there is a frog in it. Nicholas...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 5:12 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

The title of Saki's short story, "The Lumber Room" is significant because this forbidden room represents the self-appointed aunt's lack of imagination and appreciation for creativity, all of which...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 6:01 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

Having cleverly out-smarted his self-pontificating aunt, as she believes he will try to enter the forbidden gooseberry garden, Nicholas enters the lumber room, which is always locked, but he has...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2015 6:46 pm UTC

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The significance of the gooseberry garden in Saki's short story “The Lumber Room” is in what that garden represents. Nicholas, an apparently precocious child prone to some degree of mischievous...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2017 2:50 am UTC

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In the short story “The Lumber Room” by Saki, Nicholas displays the intricate imagination of a child. Your question asks whether you agree the story demonstrates the vivid imagination of the child....

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 6:37 pm UTC

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Saki's story can indeed be considered both humorous and serious, for that is the nature of satire, and "The Lumber Room" is a satire of the upper crust of Edwardian England, the period before World...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2016 10:10 pm UTC

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In "The Lumber Room," Nicholas is the story's protagonist, a boy who is creative and imaginative. He engages in acts of rebellion because he finds life with his aunt tedious and stultifying....

Latest answer posted October 25, 2016 5:14 pm UTC

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Your question is asking you to form an opinion based on the text of the story. In “The Lumber Room” by Saki, the author is trying to demonstrate how adults often believe they are wiser than...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2016 5:13 pm UTC

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In “The Lumber Room” by Saki, the aunt’s plan to punish Nicholas goes awry in a number of ways. After Nicholas finds himself “in disgrace” for putting a frog in his breakfast, the aunt arranges a...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2016 7:59 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

Both the gooseberry garden and the lumber room are forbidden territory in “The Lumber Room” by Saki. Due to being “in disgrace” Nicholas is told he is not to enter the gooseberry garden. The garden...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 9:51 pm UTC

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In “The Lumber Room” by Saki, the aunt spends her day attempting to keep Nicholas out of the gooseberry garden. The aunt had many other things to do that afternoon, but she spent an hour or two in...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2016 4:29 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

Hello! You asked about The Lumber Room by Saki. At the beginning of the story, we find out that Nicholas is in disgrace. A frog has been discovered in his basin of bread-and-milk. Although his...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2015 5:59 pm UTC

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With his creative imagination, Nicholas is viewed as and treated like a naughty child by his strict aunt. In reality, he is an innocent youth and his aunt is the guilty party for lying to and...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 4:08 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

Nicholas, as is typical of this badly-behaved young boy, likes getting up to mischief. He's ended up in his aunt's bad books for putting a frog in his bowl of milk, and as such will not be...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 10:45 am UTC

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The Lumber Room

In the lumber room, Nicholas delightedly unleashes his imagination as he examines the treasures stored away in this dusty room. Nicholas escapes from his prosaic and supercilious aunt by...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 1:09 pm UTC

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In short story “The Lumber Room” by Saki, Nicholas uses his creative thoughts and actions to demonstrate the resourcefulness of children when faced with the actions of overbearing, self-righteous...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2016 1:19 am UTC

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Throughout Saki's "The Lumber Room," the writing style is humorously formal, with precise diction and flowing sentences filled with clauses, colons, and semicolons that make for long, thorough...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 3:26 pm UTC

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Ironically, it is the children who are more imaginative, clever, and objective than the petty, pontificating, self-affirming aunt. The main conflict in "The Lumber Room" revolves around the myopic...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 9:27 pm UTC

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The retributive aunt of Nicholas attempts to disappoint and hurt him with a punishment of deprivation. Because he has tricked his aunt into denying something that is true--there is really a frog in...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016 9:50 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

The short story "The Lumber Room" by Saki tells of a rivalry between Nicholas, a precocious and mischievous boy, and a distant relative who claims to be his aunt. Nicholas refuses to eat his bread...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021 12:05 am UTC

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The Lumber Room

In "The Lumber Room," Nicholas outwits his aunt in a number of ways. When the story begins, he antagonizes her by causing her to doubt the superiority of her adult judgment. Accordingly, he...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 5:23 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

At the beginning of the story, we are told that the children will have a day at Jagborough Beach. We can probably imagine any child's excitement at the prospect of such an outing. However, the...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2015 10:38 pm UTC

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The Lumber Room

In Saki's short story “The Lumber Room,” young Nicholas is being punished for refusing to eat his breakfast of “wholesome bread-and-milk” because he insists there is a frog in it. He adult...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020 1:58 pm UTC

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In a work of literature, tone can be defined as an attitude that the writer wishes to convey to the reader. Even in a story such as “The Lumber Room,” where a third-person omniscient viewpoint is...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2021 9:32 am UTC

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The young boy, Nicholas, is being punished because he refused to eat his milk and bread in the morning because, as he said, there was a frog in it. Many adults assured him that this was not...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019 12:19 am UTC

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In her biography of Saki, Munro’s sister writes, One of Munro’s aunts, Augusta, was a woman of ungovernable temper, of fierce likes and dislikes, imperious, a moral coward, possessing no brains...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2015 8:12 pm UTC

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The kitchen maid is only mentioned once (and very briefly) toward the end of the story. Nicholas's aunt is trapped in the rain-water tank, and Nicholas is pretending not to believe that it is her...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019 7:48 pm UTC

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Nicholas in “The Lumber Room” is an imaginative child who suffers mentally because he has to live with a completely literal-minded aunt. Not only does she fail to appreciate his creative way of...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 8:07 pm UTC

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In a somewhat autobiographical portrayal, Saki depicts Nicholas as a bright, imaginative, clever boy, possessive of much, reason, wit, and talent for pranks. Oppressed by the unimaginative...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2013 10:03 pm UTC

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Power is, indeed, "fluid" in Saki's "The Lumber Room," as Nicholas skillfully manipulates the flow of power from his aunt to himself. Nicholas initiates this flow when he tricks his aunt into...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2016 11:58 pm UTC

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