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Friday, 8 February 2013

Short Stories Summary Dusk Saki



Dusk 
Saki
Norman Gortsby considered dusk somewhat differently from others. To him dusk was a time when losers in life, ashamed to face the world during daytime, come out from concealment. These losers at dusk appear blurry and in all probability will not be recognised by snoops.
Sitting on a bench in Hyde Park on a March evening, Norman Gortsby was looking at thwarted people walk here and there with tattered dresses and stooped shoulders. Near him sat an old man with a feeble insolent air. Shortly, the old man left and his place was taken by a young man.
The young man was seemingly in an awful sulk, and Gortsby asked him the reason for his terrible temper. The young man said that his regular hotel had been razed to make place for a cinema. Hence, he had to stay at an unfamiliar hotel. As he did not like the soap provided by the hotel, he went around the city searching for a store to buy soap.
He bought the soap and to his dismay he found that he had forgotten the name and the address of his new hotel. Fortunately he had earlier written to his people the address of the hotel and he was waiting to hear from them. He could get the address of the hotel from them but his letter would reach them only the next day. Since he left the hotel with only the money to buy some soap and a drink, he was forced to spend the night in the outdoors, as he had no associates in London.
Gortsby realised that the young man had told his strange story to make him to loan him some money. When Gortsby asked about the soap he had bought, the young man could not show him the soap and said that he might have lost it. The young man had to leave without getting any money from Gortsby. Left alone again, Gortsby deliberated the young man's sob story. He thought that the purchase of soap was the crucial detail to make the young man’s story plausible.
After a while, when Gortsby was about to leave, he found a newly bought package of soap on the ground. He reasoned that it might have come out of the young man’s pocket as he sat down on the bench.
He hurried to find the young man. When he found the young man he apologised for doubting him and gave him the soap as well as a small amount of money. Gortsby also gave him his card and his address so that the young man could return the money later.
While Gortsby was returning home, he passed the bench he had been sitting. He saw the old man who had earlier sat with him searching for something. When Gortsby asked the old man what he was looking for, he told Gortsby that he had lost a cake of soap and he was searching for it.

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  1. Norman Gortsby looked upon dusk in a slightly different manner. It is a time when people who have been defeated in life emerge from hiding. They are ashamed to show their faces to the public during the hours of broad daylight, so they come out at dusk when their figure is barely visible and probably won't be recognized by prying eyes.
    Norman Gortsby was sitting on a bench in Hyde Park at 6:30 P.M. in the month of March. He was watching defeated people walk here and there with shabby clothes and bowed shoulders. Next to him sat "an elderly gentleman with a drooping air of defiance that was probably the remaining vestige of self-respect in an individual who had ceased to defy successfully anybody or anything." He soon left, perhaps to return to whatever dwelling served as his habitation.
    A young man soon took his place. He was ostensibly in a bad mood, and Norman Gortsby asked him why. The young man claimed that his usual hotel had been pulled down and replaced by a cinema. As a result, he had to use the services of a hotel with which he was not acquainted. After checking in, he roamed around the city looking for a store. He wanted to buy some soap because he did not like the soap that the hotel provided.
    After buying the soap, he discovered that he could not remember the name or address of his new hotel. He had sent a letter to his people in which he wrote the address of his hotel.. Consequently he could obtain the information that he needed by sending a telegram to his people. However, the letter would not reach them till the next day. So he was faced with the prospect of spending the night in the open air, since he did not know anyone in London and since he left the hotel with only enough money to buy some soap and a drink.
    Of course, his purpose in telling the story was to induce Norman Gortsby to lend him some money. However, Norman observed that his story had one weakness. He could not show him the soap that he had bought. After fumbling around in his overcoat pockets, the young man said that he must have lost it. As a result, the young man left without receiving a loan.
    When sitting alone on the bench, Norman analyzed the young man's story. He thought that the purchase of soap was a detail that had made the story of the young man creditable. He made the observation: "If he had had the brilliant forethought to provide himself with a cake of soap, wrapped and sealed with all the solicitude of the chemist's counter, he would have been a genius in his particular line."
    As Norman was about to leave, he noticed a recently purchased package of soap lying on the ground. He concluded that it most have fallen out of the pocket of the young man as he sat down on the bench.
    He immediately set out to find the young man. He apologized for his incredulity and gave him the soap and a loan, as well as his card and his address, so that the young man could repay him when he recovered his money at his hotel.
    As Norman walked homeward, he passed the bench where he had been sitting. The old man who had shared the bench with him earlier in the evening had returned. He obviously was trying to find something. When Norman questioned him, the old man told him that he had lost a cake of soap.

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  2. Norman Gortsby looked upon dusk in a slightly different manner. It is a time when people who have been defeated in life emerge from hiding. They are ashamed to show their faces to the public during the hours of broad daylight, so they come out at dusk when their figure is barely visible and probably won't be recognized by prying eyes.
    Norman Gortsby was sitting on a bench in Hyde Park at 6:30 P.M. in the month of March. He was watching defeated people walk here and there with shabby clothes and bowed shoulders. Next to him sat "an elderly gentleman with a drooping air of defiance that was probably the remaining vestige of self-respect in an individual who had ceased to defy successfully anybody or anything." He soon left, perhaps to return to whatever dwelling served as his habitation.
    A young man soon took his place. He was ostensibly in a bad mood, and Norman Gortsby asked him why. The young man claimed that his usual hotel had been pulled down and replaced by a cinema. As a result, he had to use the services of a hotel with which he was not acquainted. After checking in, he roamed around the city looking for a store. He wanted to buy some soap because he did not like the soap that the hotel provided.
    After buying the soap, he discovered that he could not remember the name or address of his new hotel. He had sent a letter to his people in which he wrote the address of his hotel.. Consequently he could obtain the information that he needed by sending a telegram to his people. However, the letter would not reach them till the next day. So he was faced with the prospect of spending the night in the open air, since he did not know anyone in London and since he left the hotel with only enough money to buy some soap and a drink.
    Of course, his purpose in telling the story was to induce Norman Gortsby to lend him some money. However, Norman observed that his story had one weakness. He could not show him the soap that he had bought. After fumbling around in his overcoat pockets, the young man said that he must have lost it. As a result, the young man left without receiving a loan.
    When sitting alone on the bench, Norman analyzed the young man's story. He thought that the purchase of soap was a detail that had made the story of the young man creditable. He made the observation: "If he had had the brilliant forethought to provide himself with a cake of soap, wrapped and sealed with all the solicitude of the chemist's counter, he would have been a genius in his particular line."
    As Norman was about to leave, he noticed a recently purchased package of soap lying on the ground. He concluded that it most have fallen out of the pocket of the young man as he sat down on the bench.
    He immediately set out to find the young man. He apologized for his incredulity and gave him the soap and a loan, as well as his card and his address, so that the young man could repay him when he recovered his money at his hotel.
    As Norman walked homeward, he passed the bench where he had been sitting. The old man who had shared the bench with him earlier in the evening had returned. He obviously was trying to find something. When Norman questioned him, the old man told him that he had lost a cake of soap.

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