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The Parasite

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Being a physiologist, Austin Gilroy is unconvinced that the occult is real. His friend Professor Wilson, however, is not only convinced that psychical powers are real, but eagerly desires that Gilroy should be persuaded. To this end, Wilson invites Austin to his house for a demonstration. The effect is that Austin, although still skeptical, now concedes that there is more in the matter than he at first believed. But when the psychic, Miss Penclosa, controls his actions to the point where he nearly murders his fiancee, Austin Gilroy doubts no longer.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It must have been something that happened last night. You have been thinking it over and you have disapproved of my conduct. Was it the mesmerism? Did you blame me for letting that woman exercise her power over you? You know that at the least sign I should have interfered."

"It is useless, Austin. All is over:"

Her voice was cold and measured; her manner strangely formal and hard. It seemed to me that she was absolutely resolved not to be drawn into any argument or explanation. As for me, I was shaking with agitation, and I turned my face aside, so ashamed was I that she should see my want of control.

"You must know what this means to me!" I cried. "It is the blasting of all my hopes and the ruin of my life! You surely will not inflict such a punishment upon me unheard. You will let me know what is the matter. Consider how impossible it would be for me, under any circumstances, to treat you so. For God's sake, Agatha, let me. . . Read More

Community Reviews

3-1/2 Stars

This is an excellent little mystery with some gothic horror thrown in. The ending is a little simplistic and left me thinking surely “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle” could do better. But the reader does realize what could have occurred to Agatha Marden if the infamous Miss Penclosa had succeeded.

Prof Austin Gilroy doesn't believe in mesmerism and its effectiveness. When he himself gets under the spell of a Miss Pensacola he sees the dangers of that art. Why is he speaking of a parasite? Who is he terribly afraid of? The story starts slow but soon turns out into a real page turner. A fine po

Appassionante e affascinante sono le prime parole che mi vengono in mente quando penso a Il Parassita. La storia tra Miss Penclosa e il Professor Gilroy è una sorta di conflitto, di messa in discussione dei principi che orientavano il periodo ottocentesco: da una parte la razionalità e dall'altra l'

Fin dove può spingersi la mente umana? Una persona che ti ama può cercare di manipolarti?
Tramite un'impostazione diaristica, Conan Doyle costruisce una narrazione in ascendenza che non permette di far riposare il libro neanche un attimo se non a lettura terminata. Le pagine di diario scritte dal pro

Impressive, probably the inspiration for the much better known, but inferior "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James.

The Parasite is definitely something different. For some reason I was under the impression this was more science fiction, as Conan Doyle did actually dabble in sci-fi, such as The Maracot Deep, but this novella is more along the psychological thriller edge with vampiric overtones. A skeptic doctor b

Zagrebačka naklada
Zagreb, 2008.
Prevela Sanja Petriška
Urednik zbirke priča "Horor priče za laku noć" je Tomislav Matković. U sklopu navedene zbirke je objelodanjena i naslovljena novela.
Radi se, dakle, o noveli jer radnja obuhvaća dulji vremenski period te se problematika radnje razvija unutar tog v

For me, the most interesting part of the story was seeing the representation of the Miss Penclosa character, knowing of Doyle's fascination with spiritualism. Making her the villain certainly plays to the fears of the time, but it makes me curious to his own feelings were he to meet someone with the

What on earth happened? I read it twice but I still can't get what really happened! Anyone to explain?

¡Qué historia tan genial! Excepto por el final, que no entiendo por qué fue tan abrupto...

Pero, dejando eso de lado, me gustó mucho que la historia del profesor Gilroy se contara a manera de diario, pues me recordó mucho a Dracula. Además, fue muy fuerte ir leyendo cómo el hombre va perdiendo poco

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