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The Rose Garden

by M.R. James

Genre: Ghost Story
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Format of Original Source: Short Story
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Candidate for Adaptation? Not Reviewed

EXCERPT:

‘Why, dates when I was at particular places, and letters I was supposed to have written, and why I had destroyed some papers; and I recollect his laughing at answers I made in a way that quite daunted me. It doesn’t sound much, but I can tell you, Mary, it was really appalling at the time. I am quite certain there was such a man once, and a most horrible villain he must have been. The things he said–‘

‘Thank you, I have no wish to hear them. I can go to the links any day myself. How did it end?’

‘Oh, against me; he saw to that. I do wish, Mary, I could give you a notion of the strain that came after that, and seemed to me to last for days: waiting and waiting, and sometimes writing things I knew to be enormously important to me, and waiting for answers and none coming, and after that I came out–‘

‘Ah!’

‘What makes you say that? Do you know what sort of thing I saw?’

‘Was it a dark cold day, and snow in the streets, and a fire burning somewhere near you?’

‘By George, it was! You have had the same nightmare! Really not? Well, it is the oddest thing!’


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