It is a simple story of Francesca, her unbearable son, the tug between motherly affection and survival and the want of seeing your son make it to something in life. The language is old-fashioned – unwinding and descriptive sentences.But the art of story-telling, the satire – is amazing. This is a piece of literature you must bother to read if you like poetry, like the early 19th-century literature and love satire. Apparently, it is not Saki’s best – He is good at short stories. But it is a very small novel with 100 odd pages and I wanted to tick the 16th book in 2016! I must revisit Saki sometime later. For now- The Burman author’s work was relished!