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In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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. . .The notice for the burial, in this particular case, had been signed, the order given, and the fees paid, by Gabriel Gaillarde, who was known to the official clerk, who had to transact with him this little funereal business. The very trick, that had been arranged for me, had been successfully practised in his case. The person for whom the grave had been ordered, was purely fictitious; and Gabriel Gaillarde himself filled the coffin, on the cover of which that false name was inscribed as well as upon a tomb-stone over the grave. Possibly, the same honour, under my pseudonym, may have been intended for me.

The identification was curious. This Gabriel Gaillarde had had a bad fall from a run-away horse, about five years before his mysterious disappearance. He had lost an eye and some teeth, in this accident, besides sustaining a fracture of the right leg, immediately above the ankle. He had kept the injuries to his face as profound a secret as he could. The result wa. . . 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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