Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

by

Saki

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The Tiger-Claw Brooch Symbol Analysis

The Tiger-Claw Brooch Symbol Icon

The tiger-claw broach symbolizes the jealous and outrageous rivalry between Mrs. Packletide and Loona Bimberton, two Edwardian socialites who try to best each other for the attention of their peers. Mrs. Packletide is immensely envious of Loona Bimberton’s recent exploits in flying with an Algerian aviator, and hatches a scheme to win back public attention by hunting a tiger in India. Before confirming details of the hunt, Mrs. Packletide is already dreaming of a tiger-claw brooch that she will send to Loona Bimberton for her birthday—ostensibly as a gift, but in actuality a boast of Mrs. Packletide’s success in stealing the limelight from Loona Bimberton. Mrs. Packletide successfully sends her “gift,” and Saki’s tone makes it quite clear that Loona Bimberton’s “letter of thanks” is a superficial social show of good manners and a “model of repressed emotions.” The tiger-claw broach represents exotic adventure and obscene wealth, both of which the two socialites crave. It is also a reminder of the tiger as a dangerous predatory animal, echoing the two women’s unhealthy relationship as they pretend to be friends while going to all lengths to best one another on the social scene.

The Tiger-Claw Brooch Quotes in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

The Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Tiger-Claw Brooch. 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

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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The Tiger-Claw Brooch Symbol Timeline in Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Tiger-Claw Brooch 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
Female Jealousy Theme Icon
Animals vs. Humans Theme Icon
...talk of the party. Mrs. Packletide is even more gleeful as she considers sending a tiger-claw brooch to Loona Bimberton in order to drive home her social triumph. Mrs. Packletide’s every behavior... (full context)
Edwardian Upper-Class Pretension Theme Icon
Female Jealousy Theme Icon
...for weeks. Bimberton sends an insincere letter of thanks upon receiving the gift of a tiger-claw brooch ; she declines to attend Mrs. Packletide’s lunch party. (full context)