eng1 Short Stories Workbook. Story 1-2


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Unformatted text preview: he first paragraph? Themes of evil and death appear in the story. What words indicate this in the first paragraph? Why are autumn and evening parts of the setting? What is the irony of the old hag’s first words? What do we learn about the young woman’s past before she hears the voices and visions? What do we learn of the young woman from the first vision‐conversation? What effect does this first vision have on the lady? What indicates that the old hag’s prayers are evil? “The golden skirts of day” is what figure of speech? Whose voice is the last one the lady would like to hear? Why does she not hear this voice when the hag conjures up the vision‐conversation? The genre is horror/mystery. What mystifies us about the young lady? What is the setting of the second vision, and who is the prominent character in it? Identify two similes and two personifications. What is their effect on the mood/atmosphere of the scenes depicted? 15. Why does the old hag chuckle and laugh at the end? 16. What is the purpose of the young woman’s meeting with the old hag? 3 SREDNI VASHTAR by Saki (H.H. Munro) The Author and the Age Hector Hugh Munro (1870 – 1916), known by the pen name (pseudonym) Saki, was born in Burma (modern day Myanmar) to British parents. He is considered a master of short story writing, focusing on satires of Edwardian society in England (1902 – 1912) with witty, mischievous plots and gruesome, unexpected endings. He took humorous delight in the discomfort and downfall of conventional, pretentious people. His mother died when he was two, and his father, an inspector for the Burmese Police, sent Hector and his siblings to England to be brought up by his grandmother and aunts in a strict, religious household. In 1893, after studies at college, he did a spell in the Burmese Imperial Police but returned to England two years later, having contracted malaria. He started his career as a journalist, writing for newspapers; later he became a foreign correspondent and began publishing his...
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