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The Unbearable Bassington

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Published by Waking Lion Press .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Fiction / Adventure,
  • H. H. Munro ("Saki")

  • The Physical Object
    FormatPaperback
    Number of Pages148
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8904315M
    ISBN 101600961673
    ISBN 109781600961670

    They were two of the more worldly and travelled of Elaine's extensive stock of aunts, and they happened to be making a short stay at the same hotel as the young couple. A biting satire on the conceits of high society, this exquisite novel of manners describes the adventures of the fastidious and likeable but maladjusted Comus Bassington. That space is her present home which she has on loan from a good friend now deceased. Bassington will certainly never grow out of his present stage. She already knew as much as that awaited message would tell her. Thirdly, rather to her dismay, that Courtenay Youghal did not necessarily expect her to be markedly affectionate in private.

    The extracts given sounded weak and foolish enough, taken by themselves, but the writer of the letter had interlarded them with comments of his own, which sparkled with an ironical brilliance that was Cervantes-like in its polished cruelty. It contrasts the selfishness of his mother with our protagonist's selfishness, and the conclusion we are forced to draw is that both have thrown their lives away on things of no real importance. Wolves at the Window by Toby Davies, adapts 12 of Saki's stories. Out of the well-filled coffers with which her imagination was toying, an inconsiderable sum might eventually be devoted to the leasing, or even perhaps the purchase of, the house in Blue Street when the present convenient arrangement should have come to an end, and Francesca and the Van der Meulen would not be obliged to seek fresh quarters. A golden possibility of perpetual tenancy of her present home began to float once more through Francesca's mind. However, where Wodehouse always found some benign destiny for even characters he didn't like, this story is played in the end for pathos.

    My public expects it of me. Tom is angry that a mere picture of a bull should be worth more than his real bull. He does it with panache. Munro a reference to the ending of "The Story Teller" was an eight-part series produced by Philip Mackie for Granada Television in These disagreeable discoveries come at times to most picture fanciers and owners.


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The picture itself was scarcely damaged, but its fall had been accompanied by a tinkle of broken glass, and it was found that a liqueur glass, one out of a set of seven that would be impossible to match, had been shivered into fragments.

Henry Greech had made an end of biting small sandwiches, and settled down like a duststorm refreshed, to discuss one of the fashionably prevalent topics of the moment, the prevention of destitution.

The procession of water-fetchers had formed itself in a long chattering line that stretched river-wards. The subject of pies seemed to lend itself to indefinite expansion. Heaven knows why. Fate had endowed her with a son; in limiting the endowment to a solitary offspring Fate had certainly shown a moderation which Francesca was perfectly willing to acknowledge and be thankful for; but then, as she pointed out to a certain complacent friend of hers who cheerfully sustained an endowment of half-a-dozen male off springs and a girl or two, her one child was Comus.

As a beginning The Unbearable Bassington book can clean out my study this afternoon. When Conus runs up bills and fails to net a fine young heiress, Francesca becomes so enraged that she sends her hot house flower of a son to Africa to work.

Comus could well remember the time when a chair stuck in the middle of a room had seemed to him the most horrible of manufactured things. Francesca had turned to her writing cabinet and was hastily scribbling a letter to her son in which the delicate health, timid disposition and other inevitable attributes of the new boy were brought to his notice, and commanded to his care.

I shall probably keep going till some unearthly hour of the morning. Perhaps he is merciless but not malicious, as some have described him. It was like watching a game of which you did not know the rules, and in the issue of which you were not interested. With the advantages put at her disposal she might have been expected to command a more than average share of feminine happiness.

Just the wife for a rising young politician. Brother and sister had conspired to give an elaborate and at the same time cosy little luncheon to Sir Julian on the very day that his appointment was officially announced, and the question of the secretaryship had been mooted and sedulously fostered as occasion permitted, until all that was now needed to clinch the matter was a formal interview between His Excellency and Comus.

Greech said he would call again in about half-an-hour. And they are very many. Someone had described him, after their marriage, as one of Nature's bachelors, and she began to see how aptly the description fitted him. It was not the first time Elaine had heard the simile.

It is a form of home-sickness with them to discuss and lament the cookery and foods that they've never had the leisure to stay at home and digest.

Given a sounding-board and a harmonium, and a titled woman of some sort in the chair, and he'll be perfectly happy; I must say I hadn't realised how overpowering he might be at a small dinner-party.

With Courtenay, of course, it was different; he seemed to have friends and acquaintances everywhere. There was something which fascinated and then depressed one in its ceaseless hurrying onward sweep, its tons of water rushing on for all time, as long as the face of the earth should remain unchanged.

Lonkins in question; "a real DEEP cherry pie. The others followed her example, and Comus drained his glass with a brief "thank you all very much.

CHAPTER XVI It was late afternoon by the banks of a swiftly rushing river, a river that gave back a haze of heat from its waters as though it were some stagnant steaming lagoon, and yet seemed to be whirling onward with the determination of a living thing, perpetually eager and remorseless, leaping savagely at any obstacle that attempted to stay its course; an unfriendly river, to whose waters you committed yourself at your peril.

Lovely and charming, but also rather vague and distant, he seems bemused by his "benefactors. Henry Greech paused for an instant to chuckle at one of his own shafts of satire, and immediately Thorle's penetrating voice swept across the table.

For once in his life Comus appeared to have an idea of behaving sensibly and making some use of his opportunities, and almost at the same moment Courtenay Youghal arrived on the scene as a possible and very dangerous rival.

Christmas shopping, with its anxious solicitude or self-centred absorption, overspread the West End and made the pavements scarcely passable at certain favoured points.

If he had habitually smoked cigarettes in a pink coral mouthpiece, or worn spats of Mackenzie tartan, the great heart of the voting-man, and the gush of the paragraphmakers might have been unreservedly his. Even his own position as a white man exalted conspicuously above a horde of black natives did not save Comus from the depressing sense of nothingness which his first experience of fever had thrown over him.Saki is the penname of the British writer Hector Hugh Munro.

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In The Unbearable Bassington, he tells the story of the whimsical Francesca Bassington, an upper middle class woman whose main concerns in life are her modest possessions and the career and marriage of her only son, Comus/5(7).

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Subjects. Jul 21,  · The Unbearable Bassington was the first novel written by Saki (H. H. Munro). It also contains much of the elegant wit found in his short stories. Comus (The Unbearable) Bassington, is a charming young man about town.5/5(1).

Saki Shorts () is a musical based on nine stories by Saki, with music, book and lyrics by John Gould and Dominic McChesney.

Miracles At Short Notice () by James Lark is another musical based on short stories by Saki. Life According to Saki () by Katherine Rundell is a play inspired by the life and work of Saki. ReferencesBattles/wars: First World War, Battle of the .