He is denied the supposed privilege of going to the sands of Jagborough because he refused to eat his bread-and-milk in a bowl, which contains a frog.
The lumber room The text under analysis is a short story by a British novelist and short-story writer Hector Hugh Munro who was born in Akyab, Burma when it was one of the parts of the British Empirehe was killed on the French front during the first world war inhe is better known by the pseudonym Saki, and he is considered a master of the short story and often compared to O.
Henry and Dorothy Parker. Beside his short stories, he wrote a full-length play, The Watched Pot, in collaboration with Charles Maude; two one-act plays; a historical study, The Rise of the Russian Empire, the only book published under his own name.
He is called Nicholas who is in disgrace by putting a frog into his bread-and-milk. On the contrary, the other children are to be driven to the sands at Jagborough.
Nicholas is in disgrace so he is not allowed to get into the gooseberry garden. In fact Nicholas is determined to get into the lumber room, he knows where the key is kept and he even practiced with the key of the schoolroom door. In the end he achieves his aim and spends a great time in the lumber room, the picture on the tapestry, the candlesticks, the books and so many other subjects, which are claiming his attention.
Suddenly, an abrupt voice of his aunt comes from the gooseberry garden, exactly from a rain-water tank. This story ends again in the dining room, where all children are tired and aunt is in a big irritation, however, only Nicholas is content to thinking about the things he has seen in the lumber room.
This story is a masterpiece of narration and description, first of all, the plot is funny and attractive, we can see in the exposition how a little smart boy gets a punishment by bringing a frog into his basin of bread-and-milk, and his funny words about the older, wiser, and better people.
The other children who are sent to the sands get a special treat. When the place changes from the lumber room to the gooseberry garden it gets to its second climax. The most interesting thing is the resolution of the story; all gather again in the dining room but the dinner seems to be more silent than the breakfast.
The children are so tired and there have been no sands to play on. Nicholas also keeps silent; he is thinking about the huntsman, he believes he can escape from the wolves. There are two main characters in the story, Nicholas and his aunt. All the rest are minor characters, his boy-cousin Bobby, girl-cousin and the kitchen-maid.
The relationship between the children esp. Nicholas and their aunt is rather antagonistic. Even though, the two main characters are considered to be the protagonists of the story, the character of Nicholas is the positive one as the character of the aunt seems to be is more negative.
As the protagonist, Nicholas is round and dynamic. According to the development of the story, I can see Nicholas from different sides. By bringing a frog into the breakfast Nicholas is likely to be a disobedient boy, but when I understood that is just one of his strategies for getting into the lumber room, I could not help admiring his tactic; he is rather clever and quick-minded.
Those details directly tell us Nicholas is quite small but intelligent. Instead of it, he is rebel and brave.
First, Nicholas is not scared of taking a frog from the garden and being in disgrace. Second, he is rebel enough to prove the older, wiser, and better people are not always right. Nicholas notices this matter to his aunt though he might get another punishment.
The words by Nicholas might irritate his aunt, because she changes the subject quickly, nevertheless, Nicholas does it in his own way. In addition, I find Nicholas not only clever but gifted.
He is rich of imagination; I understood it when he is in the lumber room. In the second place, it is clear that Nicholas has an independent mind, unlimited imagination. Besides, he is good at analyzing something difficult. The author gets such effect by the inner speech of Nicholas when he see the picture: Nevertheless, he is quite optimistic because after that in the dining room he is still thinking about it and believes that the huntsman would escape from this dangerous situation.
From this detail, I can see that Nicholas is fond of nature, especially the animals, like dogs, wolves, ducks and birds. It is natural for a small boy loving animals, having dramatic imagination.students, The Lumber Room, child rearing, adult-child relationships, Development psychology.
I. INTRODUCTION. Background of the author: H. H. Munro. The British author Hector Hugh Munro ( ) published - under the pen name Saki. Munro was born in Burma (Myanmar) in His father was an inspector general of the Burma police. One theme of "The Lumber Room" by Saki is the stultifying and unnatural conventions of Edwardian England's society vs.
the natural world. . The Lumber Room The text under analysis is entitled “The Lumber Room” and it is written by an outstanding British novelist and short story writer Hector Munro.
Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki, was a British writer. The Lumber Room Homework Help Questions What is the significance of the title with respect to the short story, "The Lumber Room"?
The title of Saki's short story, "The Lumber Room" is significant. The theme of the story Lumber Room by Saki is not so much a theme as much as it is a point that he is trying to prove. Nicholas is a bright imaginative child though somewhat conventionally disobedient.
A reading of a classic short story ‘The Lumber-Room’ is a classic short story about a child who is too clever for the adults.
Specifically, it is about how one clever but mischievous boy, Nicholas, seeks to outwit his aunt so he can gain access to the lumber-room with its hidden treasures and curiosities.