Mr. Crookletide’s Tiger

by Henry Farrell on July 19, 2010

Saki’s short story, “Mrs Packletide’s Tiger”:, has a wonderful opening paragraph which finishes:

bq. She had also already designed in her mind the tiger-claw broach that she was going to give Loona Bimberton on her next birthday. In a world that is supposed to be chiefly swayed by hunger and by love Mrs. Packletide was an exception; her movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona Bimberton.

If the American left could be substituted for Loona Bimberton, this would stand as an astute psychological analysis of “Clive Crook’s latest effusion”: on how Obama could get his mojo back.

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