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The Grey Woman

The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell

A “Bluebeard” story in which a young woman marries a man whom she discovers has killed his previous wives and is trying to kill her as well.

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Mrs Gaskell


The Old Nurse's Story 1

The Poor Clare 26

Lois the Witch 88

The Grey Woman 187

Curious, if True 249


You know, my dears, that your mother was an orphan, and an only child; and I daresay you have heard that your grandfather was a clergyman up in Westmoreland, where I come from. I was just a girl in the village school, when, one day, your grandmother came in to ask the mistress if there was any scholar there who would do for a nurse maid; and mighty proud I was, I can tell ye, when the mistress called me up, and spoke of me being a good girl at my needle, and a steady, honest girl, and one whose parents were very respectable, though they might be poor. I thought I should like nothing better than to serve the pretty young lady, who was blushing as deep as I was, as she spoke of the coming baby, and what I should have to do with it. However, I see you don't care so much for this part of my story, as for what you think is to come, so I'll tell you at once... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 3, 2015
Subject: great story
I loved this story. very exciting and full of suspense. the reader did a great job.
Reviewer: - November 30, 2014
Subject: The Grey Woman
A good short story, not great but good. The reading is consistent but the production quality is a little poor, in all a story worth a listen.

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