Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

by

Saki

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The Villagers Character Analysis

The inhabitants of the local Indian village where Mrs. Packletide pays to shoot a harmless tiger. During the villagers’ enthusiastic pursuit of earning a thousand rupees from Mrs. Packletide for the privilege of shooting a tiger, the village children are stationed around the village outskirts to keep the tiger within its boundaries, while village mothers stop singing lullabies to their babies as they approach their homes after daily work to ensure that they don’t upset the elderly tiger’s sleeping routine.

The Villagers Quotes in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

The Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger quotes below are all either spoken by The Villagers or refer to The Villagers. 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:
Edwardian Upper-Class Pretension Theme Icon
). 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 prospect of earning the thousand rupees had stimulated the sporting and commercial instincts of the local villagers; children were posted night and day on the outskirts of the local jungle to head the tiger back in the unlikely event of his attempting to roam away to fresh hunting-grounds, and the cheaper kinds of goats were left about with elaborate carelessness to keep him satisfied with his present quarters.

Related Characters: Mrs. Packletide , The Villagers
Related Symbols: The Tiger
Page Number: 85
Explanation and Analysis:

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:

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:
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The Villagers Character Timeline in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

The timeline below shows where the character The Villagers appears in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger
Edwardian Upper-Class Pretension Theme Icon
Animals vs. Humans Theme Icon
The villagers are enthused by the promise of one thousand rupees and take care to ensure the... (full context)
Edwardian Upper-Class Pretension Theme Icon
Animals vs. Humans Theme Icon
...tree platform with an “accurately sighted rife” and “a thumbnail pack of patience cards.” The villagers have tied up a goat at the best distance for the easiest shot at the... (full context)
Edwardian Upper-Class Pretension Theme Icon
Female Jealousy Theme Icon
Animals vs. Humans Theme Icon
...rifle, and the tiger jumps in the air before rolling over, dead. A crowd of villagers rush the scene and excitedly yell the good news back to the village. Their shouting... (full context)
Edwardian Upper-Class Pretension Theme Icon
Female Jealousy Theme Icon
...at the discovery,” but feels secure in the knowledge that her payments mean that the villagers and Louisa Mebbin will go along with her fictitious story of successfully shooting the tiger.... (full context)