It was distinct as a shape of lifeghastly as a shape of death. I feel that it will be years before I can recover myself; and as to being fit for service, it is out of the question. Good cause to suspect it. If you are looking for scare your pants off stories or blood and gore, this book will not be for you. I entered in the same instant. Bulwer-Lytton was sensationally popular in his day and had a strong influence on other writers.
This book contains 11703 words. Take with you my revolver and my dagger — so much for my weapons; arm yourself equally well; and if we are not a match for a dozen ghosts, we shall be but a sorry couple of Englishmen. The second hour passed like the first. A few days after Mr Jhad removed into the house, I paid him a visit. I believe not in magic; I ask not its aids, and I dread not its terrors. Well, I cant answer these questionsall I know is thissix weeks ago I and my wife were in search of a furnished apartment.
The letter ended with additional apologies, somewhat incoherent, and explanatory details as to effects that had been under the writers charge. Opposite to me the fire burned clear; and on the hearth rug, seemingly asleep, lay the dog. We examined these cupboards,----only hooks to suspend female dresses, nothing else; we sounded the walls,---- evidently solid, the outer walls of the building. Nor, supposing it true that a mesmerized patient can respond to the will or passes of a mesmerizer a hundred miles distant, is the response less occasioned by a material being; it may be through a material fluid — call it Electric, call it Odic, call it what you will — which has the power of traversing space and passing obstacles, that the material effect is communicated from one to the other. And I should here state, in justice to the servant, that, far from evincing any superstitious terrors, his nerve, composure, and even gayety amidst circumstances so extraordinary, compelled my admiration, and made me congratulate myself on having secured a companion in every way fitted to the occasion. Let me illustrate what I mean from an experiment which Paracelsus describes as not difficult, and which the author of the Curiosities of Literature cites as credible: A flower perishes; you burn it. That eyethe eye of the serpentfixed and held me spellbound.
You are not at all frightened? I was first in the street; but the man had already gone. The day was accordingly fixed. But we can deride all its threats, you and I. The widow was left in affluence, but reverses of various kinds had befallen her: a bank broke; an investment failed; she went into a small business and became insolvent; then she entered into service, sinking lower and lower, from housekeeper down to maid-of-all-work — never long retaining a place, though nothing decided against her character was ever alleged. Fridays bus tour will be followed up with an amazing after party at the Haunted Hoochie. When the pale light returned, the two phantoms were as if in the grasp of the Shadow that towered between them; and there was a blood-stain on the breast of the female; and the phantom male was leaning on its phantom sword, and blood seemed trickling fast from the ruffles, from the lace; and the darkness of the intermediate Shadow swallowed them up — they were gone. I now perceived that the dog had slunk into an angle of the wall, and was pressing himself close against it, as if literally striving to force his way into it.
In G Street, No. J—— in G—— Street, which was close by the street that boasted the haunted house. I had the letters in my hand; just as I was descending the stairs I distinctly felt my wrist seized, and a faint, soft effort made to draw the letters from my clasp. There was a gloomy little backyard, with very high walls. But years, though so slowly they come, have then scathed you.
They cannot fail us more than the colleges do! My belief in my own theory remained unshaken. His occult works, along with those of J. The letters were short — they were dated; the dates exactly thirty-five years ago. The American and his wife took charge of the little boy, the deceased brother having by his will left his sister the guardian of his only childand in the event of the childs death, the sister inherited. She herself was the daughter of very respectable tradespeople, and had served in the capacity of a nursery governess before her marriage. These phenomena belong to neither class; my persuasion is, that they originate in some brain now far distant; that that brain had no distinct volition in anything that occurred; that what does occur reflects but its devious, motley, ever-shifting, half-formed thoughts; in short, that it has been but the dreams of such a brain put into action and invested with a semisubstance.
The poor old woman who died in it three weeks ago was a pauper whom I took out of a workhouse; for in her childhood she had been known to some of my family, and had once been in such good circumstances that she had rented that house of my uncle. I approached the animal and spoke to it; the poor brute was evidently beside itself with terror. I turned to look back into the room; the moon penetrated its shadow very palely and partiallybut still there was light. The narrator, a calm, objective observer takes on the challenge, with his carefree servant, and his pugnacious dog, to stay the evening in the house. I was told that it was haunted, that no one would inhabit it. There, as he stood, the moon shone full on his wasted form; on his face, resolute, cheerful, and proud, despite its hollowed outlines and sicklied hues. The danger is of a kind in which the boldest son of the East would be more craven, perhaps, that the daintiest Sybarite of Europe, who would shrink from a panther and laugh at a ghost.
I dont mind them; I remember them many years ago, when I lived in this house, not as a servant; but I know they will be the death of me some day. Thus, in each winding turn of the difficult path at which the convoy following behind me came into sight, I had seen, first, the two gayly dressed, armed men, next the black, bierlike litter, and last the Black-veiled Woman and the White- robed Skeleton. As I advanced, overhead rushed a dark cloud of wings----birds dislodged from the forest on fire, and screaming, in dissonant terror, as they flew toward the farthermost mountains; close by my feet hissed and glided the snakes, driven forth from their blazing coverts, and glancing through the ring, unscared by its waning lamps; all undulating by me, bright-eyed, and hissing, all made innocuous by fear----even the terrible Death-adder, which I trampled on as I halted at the verge of the circle, did not turn to bite, but crept harmless away. Thus alone, I kept two candles burning on the table by my bed-head. The air was still, heavy, and parched with the breath of the Australasian sirocco. All my past, with its pride and presumption and folly, grew distinct as the form of a penitent, kneeling for pardon before setting forth on the pilgrimage vowed to a shrine.
Here follows a name that I will not mention, but it was not unfamiliar to me. There then came the same three loud measured knocks I had heard at the bed-head before this extraordinary drama had commenced. It showed all its teeth, the slaver dropping from its jaws, and would certainly have bitten me if I had touched it. In the reflection of that glory, Margrave's wan cheek seemed already restored to the radiance it wore when I saw it first in the framework of blooms. But though he was a remarkably strong man, his force was as idle as his milder efforts; the door did not even shake to his stoutest kick. One moment I fancied that I distinguished them clearly, the next they seemed gone; but still two rays of a pale- blue light frequently shot through the darkness, as from the height on which I half believed, half doubted, that I had encountered the eyes. The face was that of youth, with a strange, mournful beauty; the throat and shoulders were bare, the rest of the form in a loose robe of cloudy white.
But though there was some evidence of cruelty, there was none of murder; and the aunt and her husband had sought to palliate cruelty by alleging the exceeding stubbornness and perversity of the child, who was declared to be half-witted. Still, there was a moonfaint and sickly, but still a moonand if the clouds permitted, after midnight it would be brighter. They were evidently from a lover to his mistress, or a husband to some young wife. It entered, to the right of the landing, a small garret, of which the door stood open. It killed your dog! Go now,----select for me any bedroom you please; and since the house has not been inhabited for weeks, make up a good fire, air the bed well,----see, of course, that there are candles as well as fuel. A peculiar but not strong nor displeasing odor came from this drawer, which was lined with a wood that we afterwards discovered to be hazel.