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Do you think the writer is trying to make fun of the main characters in the story i.e. Mrs. Packletide, Miss Mebbin and Loona Bimberton? Pick out instances from the story that point to this fact.

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In this text, the narrator adopts the technique of satire to mock the characters and to expose their particular idiosyncrasies. Mrs. Packeltide’s singular intention was to prevent Loona Bimberton’s growing fame and popularity. Loona Bimberton too was insecure of Mrs. Packeltide’s limelight and wanted to capture a share of it, she even turned down Mrs. Packeltide’s invitation for a lunch party organized in her honour. Miss Mebbin is another character in this story who adopts an opportunistic stance and tries to blackmail Mrs. Packeltide with the truth of the tiger shooting in order to procure a cottage from her. The writer skillfully satirizes these characters to expose them to their barest possibilities to show the possible streaks of human nature and behavior present in society.

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