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A Midnight Fantasy

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Under the circumstances no other climax was practicable; and yet it was sad business. There were Mercutio, and Tybalt, and Paris, and Juliet, and Romeo, come to a bloody end in the bloom of their youth and strength and beauty.

The ghosts of these five murdered persons seemed to be on my track as I hurried down Revere Street to West Cedar. I fancied them hovering around the corner opposite the small drug-store, where a meagre apothecary was in the act of shutting up the fan-like jets of gas in his shop-window.

"No, Master Booth," I muttered in the imagined teeth of the tragedian, throwing an involuntary glance over my shoulder, "you 'll not catch me assisting at any more of your Shakespearean revivals. I would rather eat a pair of Welsh rarebits or a segment of mince-pie at midnight than sit through the finest tragedy that was ever writ."

As I said this I halted at the door of a house in Charles Place, and was fumbling for my latch-key, whe. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is essentially a Hamlet/Romeo & Juliet AU where the author sets up Hamlet with Juliet, and Romeo with Ophelia, because those pairings are, according to the author, better suited for each other. Something about the passion of the Romeo & Juliet characters evening out the depression of...more