Bruce Gaston

Published On


Page Range

pp. 15–20


  • English

Print Length

6 pages


  • Bruce Gaston (author)
The Baroness recounts a story of a hunt in which she and an acquaintance called Constance Broddle become separated from the main pack and encounter an escaped hyena. They try to find their way back and are followed by the hyena, to which the Baroness gives the name “Esmé”. At one point it seizes and then kills a small gypsy child they meet along the way. The women’s dilemma about what to do with Esmé is resolved when a car appears and runs it over. Passing it off as their pet dog, they ask the car’s owner for help in burying it. He later sends the Baroness a diamond brooch by way of an apology, which leads to a rift in the friendship when she sells it but refuses to split the proceeds with Constance.


Bruce Gaston


Bruce Gaston has taught at the English Department of the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg, Germany since 2008. His current research interests focus on British and Irish literature, culture and history in the first half of the twentieth century. He blogs about Saki and related issues at