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[EPUB] ✶ Some Words With a Mummy Author Edgar Allan Poe –

SOME WORDS WITH A MUMMY is a creative, well written short story. Poe is amazing, though he wrote in the Victorian age his stories have such a fresh, modern out look to them. He is so talented at satire and this story has an incredible funny ending with his sarcastic touch. If you like satire, I highly recomend this short story. Pretty cute short story, I read this years and years ago so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details, I will admit. But I enjoyed the story nonetheless, and Count Allamistakeo is featured briefly in Alan Moore's LXG comics. Words Containing Some Words That Contain Some Foundwords Containing Some Browse Our Scrabble Word Finder, Words With Friends Cheat Dictionary, And WordHub Word Solver To Find Words That Contain Some Or Use Our Unscramble Word Solver To Find Your Best Possible Play Related Words That Start With Some, Words That End In Some Scrabble Words With Friends WordHub Crosswordletter WordsWords That Start With Some Words Starting With A List Of Words That Start With Some Words With The Prefix Some We Search A Large Scrabble Dictionary For Scrabble Words Starting With Some We Take The Letter Or Word You Enter, And Generate All Words Starting With SomeIn Addition There Is A List Of Words That End With Some, Words That Contain Some, And Synonyms Of Some Search For Words That Start With A Letter Or Word Words That Contain Some Words Containing SomeLetter Words That Contain Some Acrosome Autosome Boresome Capsomer Darksome Dolesome Endosome Episomes Fearsome Foursome Fretsome Gamesome Gladsome Gleesome Grewsome Gruesome Handsome Isomeric Isometry Larksome Liposome Lonesome Longsome Lothsome Lovesome Lysosome Mesomere Mesosome Monosome Oxysomes Polysome Ransomed List Words Containing Some More Words All Words Containing SOME Are Listed Here Acrosome, Acrosomes, Adventuresome, Adventuresomeness See The Full List Of Words Here Words That Start With Some Words Starting With Foundwords That Start With Some Browse Our Scrabble Word Finder, Words With Friends Cheat Dictionary, And WordHub Word Solver To Find Words Starting With Some Or Use Our Unscramble Word Solver To Find Your Best Possible Play Related Words That End In Some, Words Containing Some Scrabble Words With Friends WordHub Crosswordletter Words Thatsome Words Traduction En Franais Exemples AnglaisThere Are Some Words About The Government Working On It With The Provinces Il Y A Quelques Mots L Effet Que Le Gouvernement Travaille Ce Dossier Avec Les Provinces I Heard Some Words Coming From Some Place J Ai Entendu Des Mots Venant De Quelque Part In English There Are Some Words Borrowed From Japanese En Anglais, Il Y A Des Mots Qui Proviennent Du Japonais Now Some Words On TheWords That Start With SOME Full List More Words Words Starting With SOME Find The Complete Word List Here Discover All Words Formed With SOME And Manywords Some, Somebodies, Somebody, Someday Scrabble Word Finder Words With Friends And Some Words May Be Valid In Some Games But Not Others, And The Scoring System Varies Between Games Too Advanced Search Features Want To Bespecific In The Words You Want To Find No Problem The Advanced Search Features In Our Word Solver Are Designed For Exactly That Purpose Starts With Limit Your Search Results Only To Words That Start With A Certain Letter Or Letters Contains FindUse Some In A Sentence Some Sentence Examples How To Use Some In A Sentence Example Sentences With The Word Some Some Example SentencesNew Words With Meanings And Sentences New English Words Occur Day By Day Some Become Popular, And Some Sink Or Disappear In Months Or Years Here We Collecthot New Words, Including Meanings And Sentences, To Show You The Alive English In Today S Media And CommunicationsNew Words Social Engineering N For Fraudulent Purposes, Use Of Deception To Manipulate Individuals To Give Up Confidential Information Twitter Said

I always celebrate Poe's birthday with cupcakes a reading or two of his work. I opted to forgo my usual picks and my favorites and instead chose a short story often overlooked: Some Words With a Mummy. Some Words With a Mummy is among Poe's latter works, this one being published in 1845, just a few years before his death. One thing I love about the Victorian era is what was considered a fun hobby: the occult and mysticism (as mentioned in my review of The Gathering Storm) as well as Egypt. I love the idea of socialites and other welltodo members of society all gathered around someone's living room to poke and prod at mummies. I. Love. It.

The application of electricity to a mummy three or four thousand years old at the least, was an idea, if not very sage, still sufficiently original, and we all caught it at once. About onetenth in earnest and ninetenths in jest, we arranged a battery in the Doctor's study, and conveyed thither the Egyptian.

From what I've seen, people who don't read Poe outside class immediately write him off as a horror writer. While it's obviously true he wrote extensively for the genre, he also had a penchant for satire and humor and Some Words With a Mummy is the best of both.

Our narrator wakes up one morning and receives a letter from Doctor Ponnonner expressing excitement over having received permission to unwrap a mummy. Said narrator is one of the few special guests invited to attend the unwrapping.

Once the mummy is indeed unwrapped, Ponnonner begins his experimentation: attaching a battery to it! First the experiment with the forehead. After a few moments of...nothing, the men decide to head home for the night. However, our narrator then realizes the mummy's eyes are nearly closed (when they had previously been wide open).

I cannot say that I was alarmed at the phenomenon, because "alarmed" is, in my case, not exactly the word. It is possible, however, that, but for the Brown Stout, I might have been a little nervous. As for the rest of the company, they really made no attempt at concealing the downright fright which possessed them. Doctor Ponnonner was a man to be pitied. Mr. Gliddon, by some peculiar process, rendered himself invisible. Mr. Silk Buckingham, I fancy, will scarcely be so bold as to deny that he made his way, upon all fours, under the table.

In a flurry of excitement, the group tests the mummy's foot. The mummy promptly rears back and delivers a swift kick to Ponnonner's stomach. The assault actually sends the poor man through the window and down to the streets below. Hee!

The rest of the men immediately rush outside, fully convinced they'll find Ponnonner's mangled corpse lying in the street. However, they wind up meeting him on the staircase full of vigor and very eager to proceed with the experiments.

When the men return to the room, they discover the mummy is very much alive:
Morally and physicallyfiguratively and literallywas the effect electric. In the first place, the corpse opened its eyes and winked very rapidly for several minutes, as does Mr. Barnes in the pantomime, in the second place, it sneezed; in the third, it sat upon end; in the fourth, it shook its fist in Doctor Ponnonner's face; in the fifth, turning to Messieurs Gliddon and Buckingham, it addressed them, in very capital Egyptian, thus:

"I must say, gentlemen, that I am as much surprised as I am mortified at your behaviour. Of Doctor Ponnonner nothing better was to be expected. He is a poor little fat fool who knows no better. I pity and forgive him. But you, Mr. Gliddon and you, Silkwho have travelled and resided in Egypt until one might imagine you to the manner bornyou, I say who have been so much among us that you speak Egyptian fully as well, I think, as you write your mother tongueyou, whom I have always been led to regard as the firm friend of the mummiesI really did anticipate more gentlemanly conduct from you. What am I to think of your standing quietly by and seeing me thus unhandsomely used? What am I to suppose by your permitting Tom, Dick, and Harry to strip me of my coffins, and my clothes, in this wretchedly cold climate? In what light (to come to the point) am I to regard your aiding and abetting that miserable little villain, Doctor Ponnonner, in pulling me by the nose?"

Oh. Snap.

From then on, it's really nothing but a lovely sitdown with the mummy (Count Allamistakeohaha!). The men ask Allamistakeo about his world and try to impress him with theirs (steam? BAH! Fancy machines? POO!) It's pretty cute, really. Allamistakeo reminded me of a lovely, wizened father figure humoring these supposed modern men.

At the end of the night the narrator returns home and climbs into bed. After only a few short hours, he pens his thoughts (which eerily hold true today):
The truth is, I am heartily sick of this life and of the nineteenth century in general. I am convinced that every thing is going wrong. Besides, I am anxious to know who will be President in 2045. As soon, therefore, as I shave and swallow a cup of coffee, I shall just step over to Ponnonner's and get embalmed for a couple of hundred years.

Some Words With a Mummy is a super quick and very fun read and highlight's Poe's strength as a writer of humor.

Favorite Quotes:
A light supper of course. I am exceedingly fond of Welsh rabbit. More than a pound at once, however, may not at all times be advisable. Still, there can be no material objection to two. And really between two and three, there is merely a single unit of difference. I ventured, perhaps, upon four. My wife will have it five;but, clearly, she has confounded two very distinct affairs.

"Why, it is the general custom in Egypt to deprive a corpse, before embalmment, of its bowels and brains; the race of the Scarabaei alone did not coincide with the custom. Had I not been a Scarabeus, therefore, I should have been without bowels and brains; and without either it is inconvenient to live."
Some Words with a Mummy is another quick read from Poe. In my quest to read all of Poe, I’ve found I’m not crazy about quite a few of his short stories, yet I rather enjoyed this one. In truth, it wasn’t quite a full threestar rating, but I enjoyed it enough to round my rating up.

As the title would have you expecting, this story covers a conversation with an Egyptian mummy, but what makes it exciting is that we’re given something different. It wasn’t at all what I’d been anticipating, and I’m always open to surprises.

Sure, I would have liked a little bit more from this, but it was entertaining for a quick read. This is a funny little story. I wasn't expecting much but I was happily surprised from these 78 pages. I would love to read it again but I can't give it more than 2 stars because the luck of plot always get on my nerves! Funny and extremely clever especially the fact that in the story, the modern people (in the 19th century at the time) could only find one superiority when compared to the ancient Egyptians: cough drops. This actually has a lot of truth. Ancient peoples were more advanced than most people give them credit for. Having got permission to examine a mummy, a group of men open the sarcophagus and find the engraved name of the mummy, Allamistakeo. Word play! Well, they proceed, find the mummy has all its organs intact, and decide to jolt it with electricity, which awakens it! Being that it's Edgar Allan Poe you might think he'd describe in gruesome detail something about the mummy's desiccated body or the terror the men feel. No, instead when electric charge is applied to its foot, the mummy rears back its leg and kicks a man so hard that he goes flying backwards, falling comically out of a window. The Marx Brothers could have made this into a movie.

Having revived the mummy, they proceed to have a conversation with it. (view spoiler)