Hector Hugh Munro, also known as Saki, was born in British Burma, . Saki was the son of Charles Augustus Munro, an Inspector General for the Indian Imperial Police, and his wife, Mary Frances Mercer,, the daughter of Rear Admiral Samuel Mercer. After his wife's early death Charles Munro sent his children, including two-year-old Hector, home to England. The children were sent to Broadgate Villa, in Pilton village near Barnstaple, North Devon, to be raised by their grandmother and paternal maiden aunts Charlotte and Augusta in a strict and puritanical household. It is said that his aunts were most likely models for some of his characters, notably the aunt in 'The Lumber Room' and the guardian in today’s first story 'Sredni Vashtar':
In this story a young boy, tormented by his insular life, and, not being allowed to keep a pet, has secreted a polecat ferret outside in the back of the barn. If raised with love, these hybrid ferrets make good pets and hunting companions. But they hate to be caged, And so do young boys.
Our second tale, the story of St Vespaluus, takes place on a rainy afternoon in a fictional kingdom ruled by a pagan king who finds himself challenged by the rising tide of Christianity..
Both stories are from Saki's The Chronicles of Clovis. STORIES BY SAKI SAKI PODCAST
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