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In the Closed Room

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Book Overview: 

This is a short story about a shy, quiet little girl living in a big city. When her parents are offered the opportunity to take care of a house in the suburbs for the summer she meets another little girl in the house and they become playmates.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Her mother and father loved her and she loved them, but sometimes she was on the brink of telling them that she could not stay long—that some mistake had been made. What mistake—or where was she to go to if she went, she did not know. She used to catch her breath and stop herself and feel frightened when she had been near speaking of this fantastic thing. But the building full of workmen's flats, the hot room, the Elevated Railroad, the quarrelling people, were all a mistake. Just once or twice in her life she had seen places and things which did not seem so foreign. Once, when she had been taken to the Park in the Spring, she had wandered away from her mother to a sequestered place among shrubs and trees, all waving tender, new pale green, with the leaves a few early hot days had caused to rush out and tremble unfurled. There had been a stillness there and scents and colours she knew. A bird had come and swung upon a twig quite near her and, looking at her w. . . Read More

Community Reviews

3.5
I picked this book up on a whim (on a Hodgson Burnett kick), and I'm not disappointed that I did.
It's pretty enjoyable to see all the different genres and ways that this author other dips her feet into writing styles and bits and bobs.
This was a sort of thriller/ghost story? Very chilling and...more

Somewhat surprising for those who know Burnett mainly from her children's books. This is a somewhat spooky story about a girl in a large house her parents are taking care of. It's pleasant, but she doesn't completely pull it off. The gender roles are a period of the age, but a bit jarring to read...more

This story left me in a state of confusion. I don't know how I'm supposed to feel at the end. Happy or sad. I thought it was beautifully written, though.

A short ghost story by the author of The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett. There's something very eerie about this story and yet... the ending is supposed to be beautiful and uplifting.

spoiler alert: {when the mother discovers the ghost of her dead child has returned she is not frightened,...more

I enjoyed this short gothic ghost story...for children? I can't quite figure out who is the intended audience. Older versions have art by Bessie Wilcox Smith, lending the story the air of sweet, rosy children at play. And the main characters *are* small children at play, although not rosy ones. I...more

Recensione completa su Café Littéraire

"In the closed room" è un racconto breve scritto da Frances Hodgson Burnett e pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1904.
Finora era inedito in lingua italiana, ma oggi possiamo leggerlo grazie al meticoloso lavoro di traduzione eseguito da Annarita Tranfici ch...more

This short story is not at all what I expected. What I thought I would read was a happy little story about two girls sharing a summer together. What I got was a deep, sad and otherworldly tale, that ends with sudden and sorrowful abruptness. I'm not sure if the author intended to write it for chi...more

Un piccolo racconto, breve ma intenso!!

May I recommend In the Closed Room by Frances Hodgson Burnett? The children here get up to no hijinks and no shenanigans. Do you know what these children do? THEY DIE. I'm reading Good Girl Messages, where the author, obviously unitiated to the FHB planet, freaks out because of the amount of beau...more

This is an eerie story about a family who moves in as caretakers to a large home which has been abandoned by the owners. One room is locked, but their daughter Judith has access to it and the new friend which lies within. The story is short but memorable both due to the easy writing and the creep...more

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