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The Storyteller

by Stella Maris Berdaxagar

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The Storyteller
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By H H Munro (Saki)
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Learning Goals
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Identify and enjoy features of classic literature.

Analyze interactions among discourse elements that constitute a genre.

Acquire vocabulary and grammar structures in context.

Develop higher order thinking skills to spot clues, make inferences, think critically and draw conclusions to pose arguments in answer to writing and speaking prompts.

Engage in individual and collaborative group work in integrated language skills.
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About the Story
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The Storyteller” is a short story by Saki, published in 1897 in newspapers and then in 1914 as a book . It is about a man who tells a group of children in his train carriage a captivating, though somewhat irreverent, story.
On a train ride, three children ask their aunt numerous questions, much to her annoyance. She tells them a story, but they find it dry and unconvincing.
A fellow passenger, a bachelor, begins to tell the children a different story. It concerns a “horribly good” girl who is invited to the Prince’s garden and devoured by a wolf.
The aunt is appalled by the story, but the children find it beautiful.

The Storyteller was featured as The Short Story of the Day on Fri, Oct 25, 2013
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Saki, pseudonym of H(ector) H(ugh) Munro, (born Dec. 18, 1870, Akyab, Burma [now Myanmar]—died Nov. 14, 1916, near Beaumont-Hamel, France), Scottish writer and journalist whose stories depict the Edwardian social scene with a flippant wit and power of fantastic invention used both to satirize social pretension, unkindness, and stupidity and to create an atmosphere of horror.
Munro was the son of an officer in the Burma police. At the age of two he was sent to live with his aunts near Barnstaple, Devon, England. He later took revenge on their strictness and lack of understanding by portraying tyrannical aunts in many of his stories about children. He was educated at Exmouth and at Bedford grammar school, and in 1893 he joined the Burma police but was invalided out. Turning to journalism, he wrote political satires for the Westminster Gazette and in 1900 published The Rise of the Russian Empire, a serious historical work.
After acting as foreign correspondent for The Morning Post in the Balkans, Russia, and Paris, in 1908 he settled in London, writing short stories and sketches: Reginald (1904), Reginald in Russia (1910), The Chronicles of Clovis (1912), and Beasts and Super-Beasts (1914). Written in a style studded with epigrams and with well-contrived plots often turning on practical jokes or surprise endings, his stories reveal a vein of cruelty in their author and a self-identification with the enfant terrible. Among his most frequently anthologized works are “Tobermory,” “The Open Window,” “Sredni Vashtar,” “Laura,” and “The Schartz-Metterklume Method.” His novelThe Unbearable Bassington (1912) describes the adventures of a fastidious and likable but maladjusted hero, in a manner anticipating that of the early work of the English satirist Evelyn Waugh. Munro was killed in action in World War I.
Source: Britannica
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''The Storyteller'' takes place on a railway carriage, a common type of transportation travelling across England during the late 19th century when the story takes place.
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