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    “The Saint and the Goblin” is a political satire from a right wing perspective. I don’t mean the sort of authoritarian right wing attitude that everything is fine as it is and we must resist and oppress change. It is the attitude that whatever changes there are in society there will always be unfairness and unhappiness, so why bother?

    The saint hopes to make life better for the church mice. The goblin thinks it is not worthwhile.

    There’s a curious combination of cynicism and gentleness about the story.
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    I haven't read anything by this author so I'd better go away and read the saint and the goblin.

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    Lady Bracknell meets a werewolf sums up Saki.
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    Hi everybody! Long time no see.
    I have some questions about Saki's The Blood-Fued of Toad-Water.
    The following paragraph is very difficult.

    "Summer succeeded spring, and winter summer, but the feud outlasted the
    waning seasons. Once, indeed, it seemed as though the healing influences
    of religion might restore to Toad-Water its erstwhile peace; the hostile
    families found themselves side by side in the soul-kindling atmosphere of
    a Revival Tea, where hymns were blended with a beverage that came of
    tea-leaves and hot water and took after the latter parent, and where
    ghostly counsel was tempered by garnishings of solidly fashioned buns-and
    here, wrought up by the environment of festive piety,"

    1. What does "latter parent" mean? Recent mother?

    2. I'm not sure the meaning of "where
    ghostly counsel was tempered by garnishings of solidly fashioned buns-and"

    Does "ghostly counsel" mean religious advice?

    And, does " garnishings of solidly fashioned buns-and" means bread coated with solid sugar?

    I would appreciate it if you could give me some advice.
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