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Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall

Charles Major

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Rutland. I was revolving in my mind how I should set about to mend the matter when Dorothy again spoke.

"Tell me, Cousin Malcolm, can a man throw a spell over a woman and bewitch her?"

"I do not know. I have never heard of a man witch," I responded.

"No?" asked the girl.

"But," I continued, "I do know that a woman may bewitch a man. John Manners, I doubt not, could also testify knowingly on the subject by this time."

"Oh, do you think he is bewitched?" cried Dorothy, grasping my arm and looking eagerly into my face. "If I could bewitch him, I would do it. I would deal with the devil gladly to learn the art. I would not care for my soul. I do not fear the future. The present is a thousand-fold dearer to me than either the past or the future. I care not what comes hereafter. I want him now. Ah, Malcolm, pity my shame."

She covered her face with her hands, and after a moment continued: "I am not myself. I belong not to myself.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I visited Haddon Hall with my cousin and there were several mentions of Dorothy and her famous elopement, so I was very excited to buy and read this old book. The writing was not wonderful, but it was fine. I enjoyed it for what it was and had a great time picturing the house and grounds that I had

Written in 1908, it was very flowery and Victorian even the illustrations looked like Gibson girls. It was not a great book but very interesting as my maternal line is Vernon and supposedly descends from Dorothy Vernon. I think it’s really interesting that her story should survive for centuries.

Love story from the 15, 16 century. Needs more outside additional storyline but well written