The Gashlycrumb Tinies: or, After the Outing (by Edward Gorey)


A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.


B is for Basil assaulted by bears.


C is for Clara who wasted away.


D is for Desmond thrown out of a sleigh.


E is for Ernest who choked on a peach.


F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech.


G is for George smothered under a rug.


H is for Hector done in by a thug.


I is for Ida who drowned in a lake.


J is for James who took lye by mistake.


K is for Kate who was struck with an axe.


L is for Leo who swallowed some tacks.


M is for Maud who was swept out to sea.


N is for Neville who died of ennui.


O is for Olive run through with an awl.


P is for Prue trampled flat in a brawl.


Q is for Quentin who sank on a mire.


R is for Rhoda consumed by a fire.


S is for Susan who perished of fits.


T is for Titus who flew into bits.


U is for Una who slipped down a drain.


V is for Victor squashed under a train.


W is for Winnie embedded in ice.


X is for Xerxes devoured by mice.


Y is for Yorick whose head was knocked in.


Z is for Zillah who drank too much gin.

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