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In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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. . .There had come a lull. Instead of the noisy place it was, an hour or two before, the yard was perfectly still and empty, except for the carriages that stood here and there. Perhaps there was a servants' table-d'hôte just then. I was rather pleased to find solitude; and undisturbed I found out my lady-love's carriage, in the moonlight. I mused, I walked round it; I was as utterly foolish and maudlin as very young men, in my situation, usually are. The blinds were down, the doors, I suppose, locked. The brilliant moonlight revealed everything, and cast sharp, black shadows of wheel, and bar, and spring, on the pavement. I stood before the escutcheon painted on the door, which I had examined in the daylight. I wondered how often her eyes had rested on the same object. I pondered in a charming dream. A harsh, loud voice, over my shoulder, said suddenly,

"A red stork—good! The stork is a bird of prey; it is vigilant, greedy, and catches gudgeons. Red, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
As hinted at by the title given to this collection of strange stories, Sheridan Le Fanu was interested in writing about the mystical and metaphyiscal;

In a Glass Darkly is a reference to something the apostle Paul said in the Bible about not being able to see reality in the way it actually is because we are looking through an imperfect (dark) glass.
I just thought that was a cool piece of trivia that I'd always wondered about.
Anyway. This is a col

The star rating is based solely on the stories, and I'd recommend reading them.

But in a different edition. Most every book has a handful of typos, even with the number of eyes that go over them, but the typos in this edition had to be in the hundreds. New paragraphs would start mid-sentence, much of

'You have heard, no doubt, of the appalling superstition that prevails in Upper and Lower Styria, in Moravia, Silesia, in Turkish Serbia, in Poland, even in Russia; the superstition, so we must call it, of the Vampire.'

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"What a fool I was! and yet, in the sight of angels, are we any wiser as we grow older? It seems to me, only, that our illusions change as we go on; but, still, we are madmen all the same."


I read the Folio Society edition of this book and that red-eyed demon monkey was on the front c

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