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ID
b110
Title
"A Funny Thing."
Genre
Story
Page Count
10
Word Count
2050
Publisher
Argosy
Daily Express
Publication Year
1938
Document Types
Film & Television
Autobiographical
Comic Fiction
First-Person Narratives
Uncle Silas Stories
Topics
Tall Tales

An escalating bragging match between Uncle Silas and Uncle Cosmos. Cosmos is modeled on Bates's paternal grandfather Charles Lawrence, who was "known about Rushden as a dapper and dashing figure who spent his holidays in the south of France, where he reputedly had a number of mistresses" (Baldwin 18). A television adaptation starring Albert Finney was aired in 2003. In the Daily Express (February 28, 1938), The Best Short Stories of 1938 (London: Cape, 1938), The Best British Short Stories, 1938 (1938), The Flying Goat (1939), My Uncle Silas (1939). Reprinted in Argosy (February, 1942).