Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe [audio]

Hop-Frog by Edgar Allan Poe, originally “Hop-Frog; Or, the Eight Chained Ourangoutangs” is a short story first published in 1849. The title character, a dwarf taken from his homeland, becomes the jester of a king particularly fond of practical jokes. Taking revenge on the king and his cabinet for striking his friend and fellow dwarf Trippetta, he dresses them as orangutans for a masquerade. In front of the king’s guests, Hop-Frog murders them all by setting their costumes on fire before escaping with Trippetta.

 

 
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