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A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal

Daniel Defoe

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. . .on, for these last fifteen or sixteen years, on my own knowledge; and I can confirm the good character she had from her youth, to the time of my acquaintance. Though, since this relation, she is calumniated by some people, that are friends to the brother of this Mrs. Veal, who appeared; who think the relation of this appearance to be a reflection, and endeavour what they can to blast Mrs. Bargrave's reputation, and to laugh the story out of countenance. But by the circumstances thereof, and the cheerful disposition of Mrs. Bargrave, notwithstanding the ill-usage of a very wicked husband, there is not yet the least sign of dejection in her face; nor did I ever hear her let fall a desponding or murmuring expression; nay, not when actually under her husband's barbarity; which I have been witness to, and several other persons of undoubted reputation.

Now you must know, Mrs. Veal was a maiden gentlewoman of about thirty years of age, and for some years last past had . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a short tale but is well written, using a journalistic evidence tone with someone accounting it from the eyes of many witnesses. The effect of which is to create an aire of beleivability from the straw man of those who doubt. There has been some academic debate about whether Defoe actually w

Apparently, this was published anonymously in 1706 as a pamphlet. It's considered "the first modern ghost story." It's considered a work of fiction possibly written to help sell a book someone else wrote about death. Mrs. Bargrave doesn't realize her visitor was supposedly dead before her nice littl

It’s considered to be the first in quite a few areas: first gothic and first queer story among them:)

While being a ghost story it won't keep you awake at night and is recommended more for its beautiful use of conditional language than for the plot or story.

Published in 1706, "The Apparition of Mrs. Veal" has been described as the first ghost story. It is, in fact, part of what was already then the fully established genre of the Apparition Narrative, in which a the spirit of a dead person comes back to life and visits a living person. In this story, Mr

From Daniel Defoe I only knew Robinson Crusoe, I haven't even heard another story written by him, so it was a surprise for me to find this story.
This is a short account of a woman that was visited by ther former friend, Mrs Veal. To that point nothing is relevant, the woman just tell her friend tha

Some say this is the first known ghost story. I have heard other versions of this story where the dearly departed visits someone who isn't aware they are speaking to a ghost. It was a fun short tale.

Meh, it was an ok ghost story

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