George Gissing was an English author considered as one of the most important novelist and short story writer of the late Victorian period. His works are distinguished by naturalistic description of the urban poverty and underclass, the vulgarity of contemporary civilization and the commercialization of literature. “The Pig and Whistle” is the short story, included in “The House of Cobwebs and Other Stories” collection, published in 1906. A poor school teacher decides to spend the summer vacation at a remote country inn, where he falls gradually in love with the landlord's daughter, the lovely Miss Fouracres. Meanwhile the landlord is sinking into alcohol and despair, driven by an incident at a hotel, happened several years ago… Read the “The Pig and Whistle” and enjoy the short story, written by the master of the naturalistic genre!