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The Lumber Room: Introduction
The Lumber Room: Plot Summary
The Lumber Room: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Lumber Room: Themes
The Lumber Room: Quotes
The Lumber Room: Characters
The Lumber Room: Symbols
The Lumber Room: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Saki
Historical Context of The Lumber Room
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- Full Title: “The Lumber Room”
- When Written: 1910s
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1914
- Literary Period: Edwardian
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: An Upper-class English home with a “lumber room,” which is a room used to store unused furniture and household objects
- Climax: Nicholas refuses to help the aunt climb out of the rain-water tank, pretending that he thinks she is the devil trying to trick him.
- Antagonist: The Aunt
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for The Lumber Room
True Life. According to Saki’s sister Ethel Munro in her biography of her brother, the aunts whom they grew up with were very similar to the aunt in “The Lumber Room.” Saki seems to have very closely based the aunt in the story on his own aunts who terrified him and his siblings with their strict rules.
What’s in a Name? No one is exactly sure where Munro picked his pen name “Saki” from. Many assume that it is inspired by the name of a character from a Persian poem called the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. However, it might also be a reference to a type of South American monkey by the same name.