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Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Sir Jekyl rubbed the glass and looked out when they halted at the gate. The structures of his fancy had amused him, rather fearfully indeed, and he was surprised to find that they were entering the grounds of Marlowe so soon.

He did not mind looking out, or speaking to the old gamekeeper, who pulled open the great barriers, but lay back in his corner sullenly, in the attitude of a gentleman taking a nap.

Beatrix, however, looked out inquisitively, and saw by the misty moonlight a broad level studded with majestic timber—singly, in clumps, and here and there in solemn masses; and soon rose the broad-fronted gabled house before them, with its steep roofs and its hospitable clumps of twisted chimneys showing black against the dim sky.

Miss Marlowe's maid, to whom the scene was quite as new as to her mistress, descended from the back seat, in cloaks and mufflers, and stood by the hall-door steps, that shone white in the moonlight, before thei. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I found this to be a disappointing novel from the usually reliable LeFanu. I had high hopes for this one, especially considering that it appeared during the height of the author's "sensation novel" period, only a year or two after his magnificent Uncle Silas. The novel is certainly set up as a suspe

Great old novel. It's got everything a fan of old English Gothic mystery could want: very believable characters, set in an huge old English manor house in the countryside, so called hauntings, missing notes, cigars, sherry, brandy, and the list goes on. Though I read this book almost 30 years ago it

An average book from an excellent writer. Sometimes ponderous, sometimes very witty, sometimes rather uninteresting, sometimes atmospheric. Definitely a book of two halves - it still managed to keep me entertained until the end.