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The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton - Part 1

Edith Wharton

Book Overview: 

Collection short Fiction stories

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What dogs?"

She bent her head and spoke so low that she had to be told to repeat her answer: "I don't know."

"How do you mean—you don't know?"

"I don't know what dogs..."

The Judge again intervened: "Try to tell us exactly what happened. How long did you remain at the foot of the stairs?"

"Only a few minutes."

"And what was going on meanwhile overhead?"

"The dogs kept on snarling and panting. Once or twice he cried out. I think he moaned once. Then he was quiet."

"Then what happened?"

"Then I heard a sound like the noise of a pack when the wolf is thrown to them—gulping and lapping."

(There was a groan of disgust and repulsion through the court, and another attempted intervention by the distracted lawyer. But the inquisitive Judge was still inquisitive.)

"And all the while you did not go up?"

"Yes—I went up then—to. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great stories
Kinbdle Edition

Edith Wharton is one of my favourite authors, and this collection of short stories certainly didn't dissappointment me.....the touch of the supernatural in some of the tales was so skilfully done.
I was pleased to discover that there a several more volumes....I'm looking forward to them.

Appropriately bizarre but so well-written. Wharton is a literary genius in my opinion. First story is too much though.