Hector Hugh Munro was born in Burma, where his father was serving. As well as a brother and a sister he also had a tiger-cub. Sent home to be raised by two aunts in Devon, he hated them and later took revenge on them in his stories.
Hector Hugh Munro's pen-name, Saki, may refer to the cup-bearer in the famous Persian poem The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam. This poem is mocked in Saki's story Reginald on Christmas Presents. However, 'Saki' may instead refer to a small, long-tailed South American monkey which appears in The Remoulding of Groby Lington.
When the first world war broke out in August 1914, Hector Hugh Munro was forty-four. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers and was posted to France. He refused offers of a commission, but after two years of trench warfare he agreed to be promoted from private to lance-sergeant. A month later he was shot and killed on the last day of the Battle of the Somme.
Hector Hugh Munro: The fashion just now is a Roman Catholic frame of mind with an Agnostic conscience; you get the mediaeval picturesqueness of the one with the modern conveniences of the other.
Hector Hugh Munro: There is nothing in Christianity or Buddhism that quite matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an oyster.
Hector Hugh Munro: Sophie Chattel-Monkheim was a Socialist by conviction and a Chattel-Monkheim by marriage.
Hector Hugh Munro: Whenever a massacre of Armenians is reported from Asia Minor, every one assumes that it has been carried out under orders from somewhere or another; no one seems to think that there are people who might like to kill their neighbours now and then.
Hector Hugh Munro: To be among people who are smothered in furs when one hasn't any oneself makes one want to break most of the Commandments.
Hector Hugh Munro: Waldo is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
Hector Hugh Munro: In baiting a mouse-trap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse.
Hector Hugh Munro: A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
Hector Hugh Munro: The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.
Hector Hugh Munro: The people of Crete unfortunately make more history than they can consume locally.
Hector Hugh Munro: Addresses are given to us to conceal our whereabouts.
Hector Hugh Munro: The cook was a good cook, as cooks go; and as cooks go, she went.
Hector Hugh Munro: We all know that Prime Ministers are wedded to the truth, but like other wedded couples they sometimes live apart.
Hector Hugh Munro: Say what you will about the decay of Christianity, but the religion that produced Green Chartreuse can never really die. (from 'Reginald on Christmas Presents')
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