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Uncanny Tales

BY MRS MOLESWORTH

LONDON: HUTCHINSON & CO Paternoster Row

FRED HYLAND

TO AN OTHERWISE UNACKNOWLEDGED "COLLABORATEUR" IN THESE STORIES, J. C. P.

19 SUMNER PLACE, S.W.,

October, 1896.

CONTENTS.

PAGE

THE SHADOW IN THE MOONLIGHT 1

"THE MAN WITH THE COUGH" 82

"HALF WAY BETWEEN THE STILES" 112

AT THE DIP OF THE ROAD 141

" WILL NOT TAKE PLACE" 153

THE CLOCK THAT STRUCK THIRTEEN 183

UNCANNY TALES.

THE SHADOW IN THE MOONLIGHT.

PART I.

We never thought of Finster St. Mabyn's being haunted. We really never did.

This may seem strange, but it is absolutely true. It was such an extremely interesting and curious place in many ways that it required nothing extraneous to add to its attractions. Perhaps this was the reason.

Now a days, immediately that you hear of a house being "very old," the next remark is sure to be "I hope it is" or "is not" that depends on the taste of the speaker "haunted".

But Finster was more than very old; it was ancient and, in a modest way, historical. I will not take up time by relating its history, however, or by referring my readers to the chronicles in which mention of it may be found. Nor shall I yield to the temptation of describing the room in which a certain royalty spent one night, if not two or three nights, four centuries ago, or the tower, now in ruins, where an even more renowned personage was imprisoned for several months. All these facts or legends have nothing to do with what I have to tell. Nor, strictly speaking, has Finster itself, except as a sort of prologue to my narrative.

We heard of the house through friends living in the same county, though some distance farther inland. They Mr. and Miss Miles, it is convenient to give their name at once knew that we had been ordered to leave our own home for some months, to get over the effects of a very trying visitation of influenza, and that sea air was specially desirable.

We grumbled at this. Seaside places are often so dull and commonplace. But when we heard of Finster we grumbled no longer.

"Dull" in a sense it might be, but assuredly not "commonplace". Janet Miles's description of it, though she was not particularly clever at description, read like a fairy tale, or one of Longfellow's poems.

"A castle by the sea how perfect!" we all exclaimed. "Do, oh, do fix for it, mother!"

The objections were quickly over ruled. It was rather isolated, said Miss Miles, standing, as was not difficult to trace in its name, on a point of land a corner rather with sea on two sides. It had not been lived in, save spasmodically, for some years, for the late owner was one of those happy, or unhappy people, who have more houses than they can use, and the present one was a minor. Eventually it was to be overhauled and some additions and alterations made, but the trustees would be glad to let it at a moderate rent for some months, and had intended putting it into some agents' hands when Mr. Miles happened to meet one of them, who mentioned it to him. There was nothing against it; it was absolutely healthy. But the furniture was old and shabby, and there was none too much of it. If we wanted to have visitors we should certainly require to add to it. This, however, could easily be done, our informant went on to say. There was a very good upholsterer and furniture dealer at Raxtrew, the nearest town, who was in the habit of hiring out things to the officers at the fort. "Indeed," she added, "we often pick up charming old pieces of furniture from him for next to nothing, so you could both hire and buy."

Of course, we should have visitors and our own house would not be the worse for some additional chairs and tables here and there, in place of some excellent monstrosities Phil and Nugent and I had persuaded mother to get rid of... Continue reading book >>




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