A charming gem with a twist at the end from British author Saki (Hector Hugh Munro, 1870–1916). We are in suffocating, stuffy Edwardian England where a gentleman journeys to a rural town for his mental health. As the story opens, he is waiting in a parlor with a large open French window for the lady of the house.
Meanwhile the lady’s fifteen-year-old niece Vera waits with him – and tells him a story. After all, as we learn at the end, romance at short notice was her speciality. With one reading,