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The Banshee

Elliott O'Donnell

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. . .Page_57" id="Page_57">[Pg 57] face of almost indescribable beauty—possessing neatly chiselled, but by no means coldly classical features, long eyes of a marvellous blue, a smooth broad brow, and delicately and subtly moulded mouth; it was the face of a young girl, barely out of her teens, and it was filled with an expression of infinite sorrow and affection.

Mrs Dempsey was so enraptured that, to quote her own words, she “stood gazing at it in speechless awe and amazement,” and might, perhaps, have been gazing at it still, had not the voice of the Count called her back to earth.

“I hope, ladies,” he was saying, “that you do not see anything unusually disturbing in my appearance to-night, for I undoubtedly seem to be the object of your solicitude. May I ask why?”

Though he spoke quite politely, even the dullest could have seen that he was more than a little annoyed. Mrs Dempsey therefore hastened to re. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Helped me very much with my project on the Welsh and Irish people and I enjoyed reading it at the same time. It's interesting what people from other parts of the world believe in or used to believe in.

I found this to be an interesting read. I find it fascinating to see how different cultures harbor different supernatural entities. Banshees are unique to Gaelic Irish. The author was one of the 9 Hostages that were originally plagued with these strange beings. The purpose of the Banshee seems to be