First published in Beasts and Super-Beasts collection (1914); This publication features original artwork by Jakob Grim.

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The Cobweb

The farmhouse kitchen probably stood where it did as a matter of accident or haphazard choice; yet its situation might have been planned by a master-strategist in farmhouse architecture. Dairy and poultry-yard, and herb garden, and all the busy places of the farm seemed to lead by easy access into its wide flagged haven, where there was room for everything and where muddy boots left traces that were easily swept away. And yet, for all that it stood so well in the center of human bustle, its long, latticed window, with the wide window-seat, built into an embrasure beyond the huge fireplace, looked out on a wild spreading view of hill and heather and wooded hollow. The window nook made almost a little room in itself, quite the pleasantest room in the farm as far as situation and capabilities went. Young Mrs. Ladbruk, whose husband had just come into the farm by way of inheritance, cast covetous eyes on this snug corner, and her fingers itched to make it bright and cozy with chintz curtains and bowls of flowers, and a shelf or two of old china. The musty farm parlor, looking out on to a prim, cheerless garden imprisoned within high, blank walls, was not a room that lent itself readily either to comfort or decoration.


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Saki (born Hector Hugh Munro) was a British writer, known for his witty and sardonic short stories. He was born in 1870 in Akyab, Burma (now Myanmar) and raised in England. His writing, characterized by its dark humor, irony, and biting social commentary, was published in newspapers and magazines during the early 20th century. Saki is considered one of the leading writers of the Edwardian era and his works continue to be widely read and highly regarded today. Despite a relatively short writing career, Saki's legacy endures through his timeless tales and memorable characters.