Bruce Gaston

Published On


Page Range

pp. 75–76


  • English

Print Length

2 pages

The Romance of Business

  • Bruce Gaston (author)
Clovis’ aunt is talking to his about his cousin Sophie Chabhouse, who is extremely rich but also extremely mean. She tells him how Sophie was boasting about a beaver-skin stole that she had bought for a reduced price. His aunt tricks her by ordering a more expensive stole on approval and misrepresenting the price, to make Sophie think she has overpaid for hers. As a result, she sells her more expensive stole to Clovis’ aunt at a reduced price. The second stole is then returned to the store for a refund. Clovis commends his aunt for her business skills.


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