" A Connoisseur's Revenge"
This can be one of my favorite Dahl testimonies, and the a single with (I think) the most potent twist in the butt of all. It's not before the very last sentence that you understand the true story. Vender warning!
Lionel Lampson is a wealthy older gentleman who loves fine art and the company with the upper classes. One night time he escorts a chocarrero woman known as Gladys Ponsonby home via a dinner party. Gladys, who is a bit drunk, showcases a new portrait of herself that your woman had commissioned. She explains to Lionel a secret - the artist, John Royden, paints almost all his subject matter first inside the nude, then in their underwear, and lastly inside their clothes. He can shocked and correctly deduces that this is the reason why all the wealthy women the town center are hurrying to have all their portraits painted by him. Gladys then changes this issue and demands Lionel about his romantic relationship with a small beauty called Janet para Pelagia. Lionel is uncomfortable until Gladys relates that earlier that afternoon Jesse had named him a " crashing bore". Lionel is furious and makes Gladys to repeat the complete conversation. He can so disappointed to hear what Janet considers him that he swoons. The next day he wakes and vows vengeance. He hits upon the ideal plan and calls up this artist Royden. He explains to him that he'd like a picture of Janet, nevertheless doesn't want her to know about it. This individual pays Royden a attractive amount pertaining to his solutions, and then goes off to Italia for several months. By the time Lionel results, Royden has finished the painting and it's the talk of the Hoheitsvoll Academy. Royden delivers it to Lionel, who aren't wait to advance on to the second part of his plan. He is an expert clearner and restorer of works of art, and very carefully he starts to remove the top rated layer (the clothing) of the painting. When he provides finished, Jeremy de Pelagia is ranking before him almost life-size in nothing but her underclothes. Lionel after that invites Janet and all the most notable members of society to his brand name a evening meal...