The Lumber Room

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Why is Nicholas in disgrace in "The Lumber Room" by Saki?

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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 was not to be of the party; he was in disgrace. Only that morning he had refused to eat his wholesome bread-and-milk on the seemingly frivolous ground that there was a frog in it.

There is an underlying cause for Nicholas's disgrace. The adults, who were supposedly older and wiser, tried to assure him it was impossible for a frog to be in his milk, but he knew better and proved them wrong. This was an affront to the adults' intellect. A mere child outsmarted them as he described the animal in great detail and turned out to be telling the truth. It must be noted that Nicholas put the frog there himself, so there was really no question of whether it was possible to have a frog in one’s breakfast. The adults, especially the aunt, found this action infuriating.

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