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It was a relief to Framton when the aunt bustled into the room with a whirl of apologies for being late in making her appearance. To Framton, it was all purely horrible. He made a desperate but only partially successful effort to turn the talk on to a less ghastly topic; he was conscious that his hostess was giving him only a fragment of her attention, and her eyes were constantly straying past him to the open window and the lawn beyond.

It was certainly an unfortunate coincidence that he should have paid his visit on this tragic anniversary. Then she suddenly brightened into alert attention — but not to what Framton was saying. The child was staring out through the open window with dazed horror in her eyes. In a chill shock of nameless fear Framton swung round in his seat and looked in the same direction. In the deepening twilight three figures were walking across the lawn towards the window; they all carried guns under their arms, and one of them was additionally burdened with a white coat hung over his shoulders.

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A tired brown spaniel kept close at their heels. A cyclist coming along the road had to run into the hedge to avoid imminent collision.

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Who was that who bolted out as we came up? One would think he had seen a ghost.


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He was once hunted into a cemetery somewhere on the banks of the Ganges by a pack of pariah dogs, and had to spend the night in a newly dug grave with the creatures snarling and grinning and foaming just above him. Enough to make any one lose their nerve.

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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Munro, born in in Burma and educated in England. He began his writing career as a journalist and foreign correspondent but later turned to writing fiction—predominantly short stories for which he is best remembered—as well as one history book. He was 43 when World War I started. Although he was beyond the age of conscription, and despite being offered an officer's commission, Saki joined the army as an ordinary trooper.

He was killed in in France by a German sniper.

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