Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

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Saki

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Louisa Mebbin Character Analysis

Louisa Mebbin accompanies Mrs. Packletide to India as her long-time paid companion. Unlike the foolish socialites Mrs. Packletide and Loona Bimberton, Mebbin is a rational and thrifty character whose middle-class background has taught her to save money in all areas of life. She is constantly trying to halt Mrs. Packletide’s frivolous spending, especially if she can personally recover some of the savings for her own pocket. Louisa Mebbin becomes an antagonist in “Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger” when she blackmails Mrs. Packletide into buying her a weekend cottage near Dorking by threatening to reveal the truth of their failed tiger hunt in India.

Louisa Mebbin Quotes in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

The Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger quotes below are all either spoken by Louisa Mebbin or refer to Louisa Mebbin. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Pantianos Classics edition of Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger published in 2016.
Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger Quotes

The great night duly arrived, moonlit and cloudless. A platform had been constructed in a comfortable and conveniently placed tree, and thereon crouched Mrs. Packletide and her paid companion, Miss Mebbin. A goat, gifted with a particularly persistent bleat, such as even a partially deaf tiger might be reasonably expected to hear on a still night, was tethered at the correct distance. With an accurately sighted rifle and a thumb-nail pack of patience cards the sportswoman awaited the coming of the quarry.

Related Symbols: The Tiger
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

Louisa Mebbin adopted a protective elder-sister attitude towards money in general, irrespective of nationality or denomination.

Related Characters: Mrs. Packletide , Louisa Mebbin
Related Symbols: The Weekend Cottage
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

In a moment a crowd of excited natives had swarmed on to the scene, and their shouting speedily carried the glad news to the village, where a thumping of tom-toms took up the chorus of triumph. And their triumph and rejoicing found a ready echo in the heart of Mrs. Packletide; already that luncheon-party in Curzon Street seemed immeasurably nearer.

Related Symbols: The Tiger
Page Number: 86
Explanation and Analysis:

Therefore did Mrs. Packletide face the cameras with a light heart, and her pictured fame reached from the pages of the “Texas Weekly-Snapshot” to the illustrated Monday supplement of the “Novoe Vremya.”

Related Symbols: The Tiger
Page Number: 86-7
Explanation and Analysis:

“How amused everyone would be if they knew what really happened,” said Louisa Mebbin a few days after the ball. “What do you mean?” asked Mrs. Packletide quickly. “How you shot the goat and frightened the tiger to death,” said Miss Mebbin, with her disagreeably pleasant laugh. “No one would believe it,” said Mrs. Packletide, her face changing colour as rapidly as though it were going through a book of patterns before post-time. “Loona Bimberton would,” said Miss Mebbin.

Related Characters: Mrs. Packletide (speaker), Louisa Mebbin (speaker), Loona Bimberton
Related Symbols: The Tiger, The Weekend Cottage
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

Louisa Mebbin’s pretty week-end cottage, christened by her “Les Fauves,” and gay in summer-time with its garden borders of tiger-lilies, is the wonder and admiration of her friends.

Related Characters: Mrs. Packletide , Louisa Mebbin
Related Symbols: The Tiger, The Weekend Cottage
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

Mrs. Packletide indulges in no more big-game shooting. “The incidental expenses are so heavy,” she confides to inquiring friends.

Related Characters: Mrs. Packletide (speaker), Louisa Mebbin, Loona Bimberton
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:
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Louisa Mebbin Character Timeline in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

The timeline below shows where the character Louisa Mebbin appears in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger
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The night of the shoot arrives, “moonlit and cloudless.” Mrs. Packletide and her paid companion, Louisa Mebbin , have arrived in the village and are waiting for the tiger in a comfortable... (full context)
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Louisa Mebbin suggests that the two women might be in some danger. She states this not believing... (full context)
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A sighting of the tiger cuts short Louisa Mebbin ’s musings on money. Upon seeing the goat, the tiger lies down—apparently needing a rest... (full context)
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It is Louisa Mebbin who realizes that Mrs. Packletide has accidentally shot the goat instead of the tiger, for... (full context)
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A few days after the ball, Louisa Mebbin shocks Mrs. Packletide when she threatens to reveal the truth of their fabricated hunt to... (full context)
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Louisa Mebbin ’s friends admire her new weekend cottage, named “Les Fauves” and so “gay in summer-time... (full context)