Bruce Gaston

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Page Range

pp. 45–48


  • English

Print Length

4 pages

The Chaplet

  • Bruce Gaston (author)
The diners at the Grand Sybaris Hotel are distracted from the chef’s pièce de résistance (described in elaborate detail in the story) by the orchestra playing Pagliacci’s “The Chaplet”. When the conductor signals an encore, the head chef, outraged by the diners’ lack of appreciation of his efforts, attacks him and drowns him by immersing his head in a soup tureen.


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