Thanks very much for the help all. It is a relief to have that itch
scratched. I guess I mixed it up with another story though, with
the tadpole thoughts. Maybe I can dig that one up too.
I guess the story's pretty popular. It's had at least two film
adaptations, one for television, and even a one-act opera!
Well, thanks again.
--- Todd Mason <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> OK, a few internet references confirm "Sredni Vashtar" as the
> spelling. A fine, fine suspense story, intense and eerie enough
> to be
> considered horror if one wants. I was a huge fan of H. H. Munro
> as a child,
> and still mean to get around to reading his sf novel, WHEN
> WILLIAM CAME.
> ("Gabriel-Earnest," "Laura," "The Interlopers," "The Reticence of
> Anne," "Tobermorey" and not a few others remain among my favorite
> horror/suspense stories, although the last is almost entirely
> given over to
> the wit that courses through all.)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Terri FitzSimons [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Subject: story query
> It's not SF; but the story is SERENDI VASHTAR by Saki.
> the name the boy gives to his ferret.
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