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    Stories by Saki MRS. PACKLETIDE'S TIGER


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    In "Mrs. Packletides Tiger," Saki (H.H. Munro) tackles the Victorian-Edwardian fascination with wild-game hunting, as well as the timeless drive to keep up with the Joneses. In this case, the person with whom Mrs. Packletide must "keep up" is not named Jones, but Mrs. Bimberton. Mrs. Bimberton has recently traveled in one of those new-fangled contraptions, the airplane, piloted by an Algerian aviator. As a result, she has become the toast of British-occupied India.

    Mrs. Packletide, her greatest rival, cannot stand this. What great feat could she accomplish that would render Mrs. Bimbertons meager by comparison? She decides to shoot a tiger. Fortunately, she has enough money to accomplish almost anything she wishes, and she offers a reward of a thousand rupees to anyone, or any group, that can assist her in reaching her goal.