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Guy Deverell, v. 2 of 2

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It is well to have hit upon anything to be done—anything quite certain.

With rapid steps he now returned to Marlowe, wondering how far he had walked, as it seemed to him, in so mere a moment of time.

The house was deserted; so fine a day had tempted all its inmates but old Lady Alice abroad. He sent to the village of Marlowe for a chaise, while Jacques, who was to await where he was the return of his master, Monsieur Varbarriere, got his luggage into readiness, and he himself wrote, having tried and torn up half a dozen, a note to Sir Jekyl, thanking him for his hospitality, and regretting that an unexpected occurrence made his departure on so short notice unavoidable. He did not sign it. He would not write his assumed name. Sir Jekyl could have no difficulty in knowing from which of his guests it came, perhaps would not even miss the signature.

The chaise stood at the door-steps, his luggage stowed away, his dark short travelling cloak a. . . 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.