Bruce Gaston

Published On


Page Range

pp. 65–68


  • English

Print Length

4 pages

Mrs Pendercoet’s Lost Identity

  • Bruce Gaston (author)
Mrs Pendercoet is a regular participant in the Chelsea Arts Club fancy dress ball. She consults a couple of acquaintances, including a young man called Rollo, about possible costumes that will flatter her figure and also cause a stir. She is annoyed by Rollo’s facetious suggestions and tells him so undiplomatically. She eventually decides to dress as Pomona, the Roman goddess of orchards. Rollo, however, has already briefed a press reporter at the ball, and Mrs Pendercoet is mortified when her costume is misrepresented in the newspaper the following day.


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