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CBSE
12
2 2
UNIT UNIT
Fiction
F.2    Mrs Packletide's Tiger
by Saki
1. Why do people hunt? Complete the web chart giving various reasons for the 
same: 
2. Read these lines and guess the answers to the questions given below
It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger …. The 
compelling motive ….was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently …… personally 
procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. 
a) Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
b) What does it tell you about her?
c) What is the tone of the storywriter? 
d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
e) What do you think the story is all about?
Was thought 
to be an act 
of bravery
Reasons for Hunting 
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CBSE
12
2 2
UNIT UNIT
Fiction
F.2    Mrs Packletide's Tiger
by Saki
1. Why do people hunt? Complete the web chart giving various reasons for the 
same: 
2. Read these lines and guess the answers to the questions given below
It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger …. The 
compelling motive ….was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently …… personally 
procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. 
a) Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
b) What does it tell you about her?
c) What is the tone of the storywriter? 
d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
e) What do you think the story is all about?
Was thought 
to be an act 
of bravery
Reasons for Hunting 
CBSE
Fiction
13
3. This story was written at a time when there was very little awareness about the 
need to protect the environment and the wildlife.  Now read the story. 
1. It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger. Not that 
the lust to kill had suddenly descended on her, or that she felt that she would leave India 
safer and more wholesome than she had found it, with one fraction less of wild beast 
per million of inhabitants. The compelling motive for 
her sudden deviation towards the footsteps of 
1
Nimrod was the fact that Loona Bimberton had 
 
recently been carried eleven miles in an aeroplane 
by an Algerian aviator, and talked of nothing else; 
only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy 
harvest of press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. Mrs. Packletide had 
already arranged in her mind the lunch she would 
2
give at her house in Curzon Street, ostensibly in 
Loona Bimberton's honour, with a tiger-skin rug 
occupying most of the foreground and all of the 
conversation. She had also already designed in her 
mind the tiger-claw brooch that she was going to 
give Loona Bimberton on her next birthday. In a 
world that is supposed to be chiefly swayed by hunger and by love Mrs. Packletide was 
an exception; her movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona 
Bimberton. 
3
2. Circumstances proved propitious . Mrs. Packletide had offered a thousand rupees for 
the opportunity of shooting a tiger without over-much risk or exertion, and it so 
4  
happened that a neighbouring village could boast of being the favoured rendezvous
of an animal of respectable antecedents, which had been driven by the increasing 
infirmities of age to abandon game-killing and confine its appetite to the smaller 
domestic animals. The prospect of earning the thousand rupees had stimulated the 
sporting and commercial instinct of the 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. The one great anxiety was lest he should die of old age before the date 
appointed for the memsahib's shoot. Mothers carrying their babies home through the 
jungle after the day's work in the fields hushed their singing lest they might curtail the 
restful sleep of the venerable herd-robber. 
1. Nimrod : Biblical character (great grandson of Noah); a mighty hunter
2. ostensibly: supposedly 3. propitious : favourable
4. rendezvous : meeting
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CBSE
12
2 2
UNIT UNIT
Fiction
F.2    Mrs Packletide's Tiger
by Saki
1. Why do people hunt? Complete the web chart giving various reasons for the 
same: 
2. Read these lines and guess the answers to the questions given below
It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger …. The 
compelling motive ….was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently …… personally 
procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. 
a) Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
b) What does it tell you about her?
c) What is the tone of the storywriter? 
d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
e) What do you think the story is all about?
Was thought 
to be an act 
of bravery
Reasons for Hunting 
CBSE
Fiction
13
3. This story was written at a time when there was very little awareness about the 
need to protect the environment and the wildlife.  Now read the story. 
1. It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger. Not that 
the lust to kill had suddenly descended on her, or that she felt that she would leave India 
safer and more wholesome than she had found it, with one fraction less of wild beast 
per million of inhabitants. The compelling motive for 
her sudden deviation towards the footsteps of 
1
Nimrod was the fact that Loona Bimberton had 
 
recently been carried eleven miles in an aeroplane 
by an Algerian aviator, and talked of nothing else; 
only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy 
harvest of press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. Mrs. Packletide had 
already arranged in her mind the lunch she would 
2
give at her house in Curzon Street, ostensibly in 
Loona Bimberton's honour, with a tiger-skin rug 
occupying most of the foreground and all of the 
conversation. She had also already designed in her 
mind the tiger-claw brooch that she was going to 
give Loona Bimberton on her next birthday. In a 
world that is supposed to be chiefly swayed by hunger and by love Mrs. Packletide was 
an exception; her movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona 
Bimberton. 
3
2. Circumstances proved propitious . Mrs. Packletide had offered a thousand rupees for 
the opportunity of shooting a tiger without over-much risk or exertion, and it so 
4  
happened that a neighbouring village could boast of being the favoured rendezvous
of an animal of respectable antecedents, which had been driven by the increasing 
infirmities of age to abandon game-killing and confine its appetite to the smaller 
domestic animals. The prospect of earning the thousand rupees had stimulated the 
sporting and commercial instinct of the 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. The one great anxiety was lest he should die of old age before the date 
appointed for the memsahib's shoot. Mothers carrying their babies home through the 
jungle after the day's work in the fields hushed their singing lest they might curtail the 
restful sleep of the venerable herd-robber. 
1. Nimrod : Biblical character (great grandson of Noah); a mighty hunter
2. ostensibly: supposedly 3. propitious : favourable
4. rendezvous : meeting
CBSE
Fiction
14
3. 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, 
5
was tethered  at the correct distance. With an accurately sighted rifle and a thumb-
6
nail pack of patience cards the sportswoman awaited the coming of the quarry. 
4. "I suppose we are in some danger?" said Miss Mebbin. 
5. She was not actually nervous about the wild beast, but she had a morbid dread of 
performing an atom more service than she had been paid for. 
6. "Nonsense," said Mrs. Packletide; "it's a very old tiger. It couldn't spring up here even if 
it wanted to." 
7. "If it's an old tiger I think you 
ought to get it cheaper. A 
thousand rupees is a lot of 
money." 
8. Louisa Mebbin adopted a 
protective elder-sister 
attitude towards money in 
general, irrespective of 
nationality or denomination. 
Her energetic intervention 
had saved many a rouble 
from dissipating itself in tips 
in some Moscow hotel, and 
francs and centimes clung to her instinctively under circumstances which would have 
driven them headlong from less sympathetic hands. Her speculations as to the market 
depreciation of tiger remnants were cut short by the appearance on the scene of the 
animal itself. As soon as it caught sight of the tethered goat it lay flat on the earth, 
seemingly less from a desire to take advantage of all available cover than for the 
purpose of snatching a short rest before commencing the grand attack. 
9. "I believe it's ill," said Louisa Mebbin, loudly in Hindustani, for the benefit of the village 
headman, who was in ambush in a neighbouring tree. 
10. "Hush!" said Mrs. Packletide, and at that moment the tiger commenced ambling 
towards his victim. 
11. "Now, now!" urged Miss Mebbin with some excitement; "if he doesn't touch the goat we 
needn't pay for it." (The bait was an extra.) 
5. tethered - fastened
6. thumb - nail pack of patience cards - small sized playing cards to play solitaire 
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CBSE
12
2 2
UNIT UNIT
Fiction
F.2    Mrs Packletide's Tiger
by Saki
1. Why do people hunt? Complete the web chart giving various reasons for the 
same: 
2. Read these lines and guess the answers to the questions given below
It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger …. The 
compelling motive ….was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently …… personally 
procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. 
a) Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
b) What does it tell you about her?
c) What is the tone of the storywriter? 
d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
e) What do you think the story is all about?
Was thought 
to be an act 
of bravery
Reasons for Hunting 
CBSE
Fiction
13
3. This story was written at a time when there was very little awareness about the 
need to protect the environment and the wildlife.  Now read the story. 
1. It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger. Not that 
the lust to kill had suddenly descended on her, or that she felt that she would leave India 
safer and more wholesome than she had found it, with one fraction less of wild beast 
per million of inhabitants. The compelling motive for 
her sudden deviation towards the footsteps of 
1
Nimrod was the fact that Loona Bimberton had 
 
recently been carried eleven miles in an aeroplane 
by an Algerian aviator, and talked of nothing else; 
only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy 
harvest of press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. Mrs. Packletide had 
already arranged in her mind the lunch she would 
2
give at her house in Curzon Street, ostensibly in 
Loona Bimberton's honour, with a tiger-skin rug 
occupying most of the foreground and all of the 
conversation. She had also already designed in her 
mind the tiger-claw brooch that she was going to 
give Loona Bimberton on her next birthday. In a 
world that is supposed to be chiefly swayed by hunger and by love Mrs. Packletide was 
an exception; her movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona 
Bimberton. 
3
2. Circumstances proved propitious . Mrs. Packletide had offered a thousand rupees for 
the opportunity of shooting a tiger without over-much risk or exertion, and it so 
4  
happened that a neighbouring village could boast of being the favoured rendezvous
of an animal of respectable antecedents, which had been driven by the increasing 
infirmities of age to abandon game-killing and confine its appetite to the smaller 
domestic animals. The prospect of earning the thousand rupees had stimulated the 
sporting and commercial instinct of the 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. The one great anxiety was lest he should die of old age before the date 
appointed for the memsahib's shoot. Mothers carrying their babies home through the 
jungle after the day's work in the fields hushed their singing lest they might curtail the 
restful sleep of the venerable herd-robber. 
1. Nimrod : Biblical character (great grandson of Noah); a mighty hunter
2. ostensibly: supposedly 3. propitious : favourable
4. rendezvous : meeting
CBSE
Fiction
14
3. 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, 
5
was tethered  at the correct distance. With an accurately sighted rifle and a thumb-
6
nail pack of patience cards the sportswoman awaited the coming of the quarry. 
4. "I suppose we are in some danger?" said Miss Mebbin. 
5. She was not actually nervous about the wild beast, but she had a morbid dread of 
performing an atom more service than she had been paid for. 
6. "Nonsense," said Mrs. Packletide; "it's a very old tiger. It couldn't spring up here even if 
it wanted to." 
7. "If it's an old tiger I think you 
ought to get it cheaper. A 
thousand rupees is a lot of 
money." 
8. Louisa Mebbin adopted a 
protective elder-sister 
attitude towards money in 
general, irrespective of 
nationality or denomination. 
Her energetic intervention 
had saved many a rouble 
from dissipating itself in tips 
in some Moscow hotel, and 
francs and centimes clung to her instinctively under circumstances which would have 
driven them headlong from less sympathetic hands. Her speculations as to the market 
depreciation of tiger remnants were cut short by the appearance on the scene of the 
animal itself. As soon as it caught sight of the tethered goat it lay flat on the earth, 
seemingly less from a desire to take advantage of all available cover than for the 
purpose of snatching a short rest before commencing the grand attack. 
9. "I believe it's ill," said Louisa Mebbin, loudly in Hindustani, for the benefit of the village 
headman, who was in ambush in a neighbouring tree. 
10. "Hush!" said Mrs. Packletide, and at that moment the tiger commenced ambling 
towards his victim. 
11. "Now, now!" urged Miss Mebbin with some excitement; "if he doesn't touch the goat we 
needn't pay for it." (The bait was an extra.) 
5. tethered - fastened
6. thumb - nail pack of patience cards - small sized playing cards to play solitaire 
CBSE
Fiction
15
12. The rifle flashed out with a loud report, and the great tawny beast sprang to one side 
and then rolled over in the stillness of death. 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. 
13. It was Louisa Mebbin who drew 
attention to the fact that the 
goat was in death-throes from 
a mortal bullet-wound, while no 
trace of the rifle's deadly work could be found on the tiger. Evidently the wrong animal 
had been hit, and the beast of prey had succumbed to heart-failure, caused by the 
7 
sudden report of the rifle, accelerated by senile decay. Mrs. Packletide was 
pardonably annoyed at the discovery; but, at any rate, she was the possessor of a dead 
tiger, and the villagers, anxious for their thousand rupees, gladly connived at the fiction 
that she had shot the beast. And Miss Mebbin was a paid companion. 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. As for Loona Bimberton, she refused to look at an illustrated paper 
for weeks, and her letter of thanks for the gift of a tiger-claw brooch was a model of 
repressed emotions. The luncheon-party she declined; there are limits beyond which 
repressed emotions become dangerous.
14. "How amused every one would be if they knew what really happened," said Louisa 
Mebbin a few days after the ball.
15. "What do you mean?" asked Mrs. Packletide quickly.
16. "How you shot the goat and frightened the tiger to death," said Miss Mebbin, with her 
disagreeably pleasant laugh.
17. "No one would believe it," said Mrs. Packletide, her face changing colour as rapidly as 
8 9
though it were going through a book of patterns before post-time .
18. "Loona Bimberton would," said Miss Mebbin. Mrs. Packletide's face settled on an 
unbecoming shade of greenish white.
7. senile - characteristic of old age
8. book of patterns - Book showing the colour patterns of racing. stables, with colours worn by jockeys.
9. post-time- the start of horse race and deadline for placing a bet
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CBSE
12
2 2
UNIT UNIT
Fiction
F.2    Mrs Packletide's Tiger
by Saki
1. Why do people hunt? Complete the web chart giving various reasons for the 
same: 
2. Read these lines and guess the answers to the questions given below
It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger …. The 
compelling motive ….was the fact that Loona Bimberton had recently …… personally 
procured tiger-skin and a heavy harvest of Press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. 
a) Why did Mrs. Packletide want to kill a tiger?
b) What does it tell you about her?
c) What is the tone of the storywriter? 
d) Do you think she was successful in her mission?
e) What do you think the story is all about?
Was thought 
to be an act 
of bravery
Reasons for Hunting 
CBSE
Fiction
13
3. This story was written at a time when there was very little awareness about the 
need to protect the environment and the wildlife.  Now read the story. 
1. It was Mrs. Packletide's pleasure and intention that she should shoot a tiger. Not that 
the lust to kill had suddenly descended on her, or that she felt that she would leave India 
safer and more wholesome than she had found it, with one fraction less of wild beast 
per million of inhabitants. The compelling motive for 
her sudden deviation towards the footsteps of 
1
Nimrod was the fact that Loona Bimberton had 
 
recently been carried eleven miles in an aeroplane 
by an Algerian aviator, and talked of nothing else; 
only a personally procured tiger-skin and a heavy 
harvest of press photographs could successfully 
counter that sort of thing. Mrs. Packletide had 
already arranged in her mind the lunch she would 
2
give at her house in Curzon Street, ostensibly in 
Loona Bimberton's honour, with a tiger-skin rug 
occupying most of the foreground and all of the 
conversation. She had also already designed in her 
mind the tiger-claw brooch that she was going to 
give Loona Bimberton on her next birthday. In a 
world that is supposed to be chiefly swayed by hunger and by love Mrs. Packletide was 
an exception; her movements and motives were largely governed by dislike of Loona 
Bimberton. 
3
2. Circumstances proved propitious . Mrs. Packletide had offered a thousand rupees for 
the opportunity of shooting a tiger without over-much risk or exertion, and it so 
4  
happened that a neighbouring village could boast of being the favoured rendezvous
of an animal of respectable antecedents, which had been driven by the increasing 
infirmities of age to abandon game-killing and confine its appetite to the smaller 
domestic animals. The prospect of earning the thousand rupees had stimulated the 
sporting and commercial instinct of the 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. The one great anxiety was lest he should die of old age before the date 
appointed for the memsahib's shoot. Mothers carrying their babies home through the 
jungle after the day's work in the fields hushed their singing lest they might curtail the 
restful sleep of the venerable herd-robber. 
1. Nimrod : Biblical character (great grandson of Noah); a mighty hunter
2. ostensibly: supposedly 3. propitious : favourable
4. rendezvous : meeting
CBSE
Fiction
14
3. 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, 
5
was tethered  at the correct distance. With an accurately sighted rifle and a thumb-
6
nail pack of patience cards the sportswoman awaited the coming of the quarry. 
4. "I suppose we are in some danger?" said Miss Mebbin. 
5. She was not actually nervous about the wild beast, but she had a morbid dread of 
performing an atom more service than she had been paid for. 
6. "Nonsense," said Mrs. Packletide; "it's a very old tiger. It couldn't spring up here even if 
it wanted to." 
7. "If it's an old tiger I think you 
ought to get it cheaper. A 
thousand rupees is a lot of 
money." 
8. Louisa Mebbin adopted a 
protective elder-sister 
attitude towards money in 
general, irrespective of 
nationality or denomination. 
Her energetic intervention 
had saved many a rouble 
from dissipating itself in tips 
in some Moscow hotel, and 
francs and centimes clung to her instinctively under circumstances which would have 
driven them headlong from less sympathetic hands. Her speculations as to the market 
depreciation of tiger remnants were cut short by the appearance on the scene of the 
animal itself. As soon as it caught sight of the tethered goat it lay flat on the earth, 
seemingly less from a desire to take advantage of all available cover than for the 
purpose of snatching a short rest before commencing the grand attack. 
9. "I believe it's ill," said Louisa Mebbin, loudly in Hindustani, for the benefit of the village 
headman, who was in ambush in a neighbouring tree. 
10. "Hush!" said Mrs. Packletide, and at that moment the tiger commenced ambling 
towards his victim. 
11. "Now, now!" urged Miss Mebbin with some excitement; "if he doesn't touch the goat we 
needn't pay for it." (The bait was an extra.) 
5. tethered - fastened
6. thumb - nail pack of patience cards - small sized playing cards to play solitaire 
CBSE
Fiction
15
12. The rifle flashed out with a loud report, and the great tawny beast sprang to one side 
and then rolled over in the stillness of death. 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. 
13. It was Louisa Mebbin who drew 
attention to the fact that the 
goat was in death-throes from 
a mortal bullet-wound, while no 
trace of the rifle's deadly work could be found on the tiger. Evidently the wrong animal 
had been hit, and the beast of prey had succumbed to heart-failure, caused by the 
7 
sudden report of the rifle, accelerated by senile decay. Mrs. Packletide was 
pardonably annoyed at the discovery; but, at any rate, she was the possessor of a dead 
tiger, and the villagers, anxious for their thousand rupees, gladly connived at the fiction 
that she had shot the beast. And Miss Mebbin was a paid companion. 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. As for Loona Bimberton, she refused to look at an illustrated paper 
for weeks, and her letter of thanks for the gift of a tiger-claw brooch was a model of 
repressed emotions. The luncheon-party she declined; there are limits beyond which 
repressed emotions become dangerous.
14. "How amused every one would be if they knew what really happened," said Louisa 
Mebbin a few days after the ball.
15. "What do you mean?" asked Mrs. Packletide quickly.
16. "How you shot the goat and frightened the tiger to death," said Miss Mebbin, with her 
disagreeably pleasant laugh.
17. "No one would believe it," said Mrs. Packletide, her face changing colour as rapidly as 
8 9
though it were going through a book of patterns before post-time .
18. "Loona Bimberton would," said Miss Mebbin. Mrs. Packletide's face settled on an 
unbecoming shade of greenish white.
7. senile - characteristic of old age
8. book of patterns - Book showing the colour patterns of racing. stables, with colours worn by jockeys.
9. post-time- the start of horse race and deadline for placing a bet
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19. "You surely wouldn't give me away?" she asked.
20. "I've seen a week-end cottage near Darking that I should rather like to buy," said Miss 
Mebbin with seeming irrelevance. "Six hundred and eighty, freehold. Quite a bargain, 
only I don't happen to have the money."
*                                     *                             *                                         
10
21. 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.
22. "It is a marvel how Louisa manages to do it," is the general verdict.
23. Mrs. Packletide indulges in no more big-game shooting.
11 
24. "The incidental expenses are so heavy," she confides to inquiring friends.
About the Author
Saki, (1870-1916),  whose real name was Hector Hugh Munro, was a British 
writer, whose witty stories satirized the society and culture of his day. He was 
considered a master of the short story. 
4. Answer the following questions in your own words:
(a) Why did Mrs. Packletide wish to kill a tiger? 
(b) What made her decide to give a party in Loona Bimberton's honour? What did she 
intend to give Loona on her birthday? 
(c) How was the tiger shooting arranged? What kind of a tiger was chosen for the 
purpose? 
(d) In what way did the villagers help Mrs. Packletide shoot the tiger? 
(e) Who was Miss Mebbin? Was she really devoted to Mrs. Packletide? How did she 
behave during the tiger shooting? 
(f) Mrs. Packletide was a good shot. Discuss.
(g) What comment did Miss Mebbin make after Mrs Packletide had fired the shot? 
Why did Miss Mebbin make this comment? How did Mrs Packletide react to this 
comment? 
(h) How did the villagers react to the tiger's death? 
(i) Do you think Mrs. Packletide was able to achieve her heart's desire? Give reasons 
for your answer.
10. Les Fauves - French for ' The Wild Animals'
11. incidental - secondary.
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