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Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat

Published: 12.09.2010, Updated: 01.08.2016

woman with a fur coat. photo.Which of the characters in the story does this woman resemble? Fur Coat 

Pre-reading: Do you believe in the saying: What goes around comes around? Find examples from TV series or reality TV of people finally getting what they deserved.

In this short story (adapted to a radio play),  Mrs. Brixby gets what she deserves, or....? Read the story to find out.


Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990) was born in Wales, to Norwegian parents. His formative years at different private schools in Wales and England are mirrored in his autobiographical novel Boy: Tales of Childhood.

His experiences from these schools ignited his preference for child heroes and heroines exposed to cruelty and ignorance from adults.

Roald Dahl's trademark is unexpected plot twists and dark humour. "Mrs Bixby and the Colonel's Coat" is a short story from 1959. A lot of his work has been adapted to film.

Mrs Bixby and the Colonel_s Coat


Further ReadingRead another of  Roald Dahl's short stories here Lamb to the Slaughter