The author is a humorist
a. How does the story reflect his sense of humour?
b. What makes his lady friend remark----'You are quite a
c. Give instances of the author's ability to laugh at himself.
a. The author is a humorist. Humour is a device which is employed
to evoke laughter. The author has very deftly employed this
device in the story The Luncheon from the beginning to the end.
In the beginning of the story, the author brings out a humorous
situation when he was tactfully suggested by a lady to offer her
a little luncheon at a highly expensive restaurant Foyot .Given
the economic condition of the author at that time, visiting Foyot
was beyond his budget line. Driven by flattery, the author made
all possible calculations and decided to go along with the lady
to Foyot only to experience some embarrassing moments. This
embarrassing moments are very humorous to the readers.
The author was taken aback at the very beginning after visiting
the restaurant when the lady in the name of little luncheon
ordered for salmon, then caviare and champagne and asparagus.
These situations are humorous and testify to the sense of humour
of the author. The way he avoided placing orders for himself in
order not to reveal his budget line is also very humorous. The
way he describes the lady in the beginning as a woman of forty
who was imposing rather than attractive is humorous.
At the end, when the lady recommended the author to follow her
example of having a so-called little luncheon, the author
humorously replied that he would do better than that by eating
nothing for the night that day.
Thus, the story unfolds the author's sense of humour
from the beginning to the end. Every situation depicted in
the story amply expresses his sense of humour.
b. The story The Luncheon narrates how the author's lady friend
tactfully managed to have lunch in a highly expensive restaurant
Foyot from the author. The author with all his monetary
constraints decided to visit the restaurant where senators
usually go only to come across some embarrassing situations. The
author carefully chalked out a plan to order for some items in
the highly expensive restaurant which would not affect his
monthly budget. However, the irony unfolded when he found his
lady friend placing order one after another without bothering
about the budget of the author. At the end, when the author's
lady friend recommended him to follow her path to have the
so-called little luncheon, the author humorously replied that he
would do better than that by not taking dinner that night. In
this context, the lady friend made the quoted remark.
c. The story The Luncheon is full of instances to show the
author's ability to laugh at himself.
In the beginning of the story, the author admits that he was
flattered to visit Foyot by the lady. The author admits
that as he was young he could not say no to the invitation of the
lady. In the restaurant when the lady started ordering for costly
items one after another he could see the irony. He laughed at
himself as to why he agreed to the proposal of having lunch in
Foyot. In fact, from the beginning to the end the author shows
his ability to laugh at himself.
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