Plot summary[ edit ] Hop-Frog, Trippetta, the king and his councilors, illustration by Arthur Rackham The court jester Hop-Frog, "being also a dwarf and a cripple", is the much-abused "fool" of the unnamed king. This king has an insatiable sense of humor: Both Hop-Frog and his best friend, the dancer Trippetta also small, but beautiful and well-proportionedhave been stolen from their homeland and essentially function as slaves.
Plot summary[ edit ] Hop-Frog, Trippetta, the king and his councilors, illustration by Arthur Rackham The court jester Hop-Frog, "being also a dwarf and a cripple", is the much-abused "fool" of the unnamed king.
This king has an insatiable sense of humor: Both Hop-Frog and his best friend, the dancer Trippetta also small, but beautiful and well-proportionedhave been stolen from their homeland and essentially function as slaves.
Because of his physical deformity, which prevents him from walking upright, the King nicknames him "Hop-Frog". Hop-Frog reacts severely to alcoholand though the king knows this, he forces Hop-Frog to consume several goblets full.
Trippetta begs the king to stop, but instead the king, in front of seven members of his cabinet council, strikes her and throws another goblet of wine into her face, which makes Hop-Frog grit his teeth. The powerful men laugh at the expense of their two servants and ask Hop-Frog who suddenly becomes sober and cheerful for advice on an upcoming masquerade.
He suggests some very realistic costumes for the men: The men love the idea of scaring their guests and agree to wear tight-fitting shirts and pants saturated with tar and covered with flax.
In full costume, the men are then chained together and led into the "grand saloon" of masqueraders just after midnight. As predicted, the guests are shocked and many believe the men to be real "beasts of some kind in reality, if not precisely ourang-outangs".
Many rush for the doors to escape, but the King had insisted the doors be locked; the keys are left with Hop-Frog. Amidst the chaos, Hop-Frog attaches a chain from the ceiling to the chain linked around the men in costume.
The chain then pulls them up via pulley presumably by Trippetta, who had arranged the room so far above the crowd. Hop-Frog puts on a spectacle so that the guests presume "the whole matter as a well-contrived pleasantry". He claims he can identify the culprits by looking at them up close.
He climbs up to their level, grits his teeth again, and holds a torch close to the men's faces. They quickly catch fire: Finally, before escaping through a sky-light with Trippetta to their home country, Hop-Frog identifies the men in costume: I now see distinctly They are a great king and his seven privy-councillors—a king who does not scruple to strike a defenceless girl, and his seven councillors who abet him in the outrage.
As for myself, I am simply Hop-Frog, the jester—and this is my last jest. Hop Frog takes his revenge on the King and his council, illustration by Arthur Rackham Hop Frog's last joke, illustration by Arthur Rackham The story, like " The Cask of Amontillado ", is one of Poe's revenge tales, in which a murderer apparently escapes without punishment.
In "The Cask of Amontillado", the victim wears motley; in "Hop-Frog", the murderer also dons such attire. However, while "The Cask of Amontillado" is told from the murderer's point of view, "Hop-Frog" is told from an unidentified third-person narrator's point of view.
The grating of Hop-Frog's teeth, right after Hop-Frog witnesses the king splash wine in Trippetta's face, and again just before Hop-Frog sets the eight men on fire, may well be symbolic.
Poe often used teeth as a sign of mortality, as with the lips writhing about the teeth of the mesmerized man in " The Facts in the Case of M.
Valdemar " or the obsession with teeth in " Berenice ". As Poe had been pursuing relationships with Sarah Helen Whitman and Nancy Richmond whether romantic or platonic is uncertainmembers of literary circles in New York City spread gossip and incited scandal about alleged improprieties.
At the center of this gossip was a woman named Elizabeth F. Elletwhose affections Poe had previously scorned. The jester Hop-Frog, like Poe, is "kidnapped from home and presented to the king" his wealthy foster father John Allan"bearing a name not given in baptism but 'conferred upon him'" and is susceptible to wine At the suggestion of a Norman squire, the king and five others dressed as Wild Men in highly flammable costumes made with pitch and flax.
Publication history[ edit ] The tale first appeared in the March 17, edition of The Flag of Our Uniona Boston -based newspaper. In a letter to friend Nancy Richmond, Poe wrote:"Hop-Frog" (originally "Hop-Frog; Or, the Eight Chained Ourangoutangs") is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in The title character, a person with dwarfism taken from his homeland, becomes the jester of a king particularly fond of practical jokes.
Hop-Frog is a short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published in The title character is a dwarf taken from his homeland who becomes the jester of a king particularly fond of practical jokes.
Edgar Allan Poe (/ p oʊ /; born Edgar Poe; January 19, – October 7, ) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.
Hop-Frog, and a young girl very little less dwarfish than himself (although of exquisite proportions, and a marvellous dancer,) had been forcibly carried off from their respective homes in adjoining provinces, and sent as presents to the king, by one of his ever-victorious generals.
Stephanie Labib Hop-Frog or The Eight Chained Ourang-Outangs By Edgar Allan Poe Summary Relevance to Poe’s Life Relevance to My Life King who has a voracious sense of humor. Hop-Frog. by Edgar Allan Poe (published ) I NEVER knew anyone so keenly alive to a joke as the king was.
He seemed to live only for joking. To tell a good story of the joke kind, and to tell it well, was .