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T his is a ghost story, so we start with the storyteller. Literary critics rarely use this last term, preferring to talk of the "narrator". But when it comes to hauntings this traditional description is fitting.

Arthur Kipps is giving us a tale that he is condemned by his own memories to tell. When the novella opens, he is a man in late middle age, surrounded by adult stepchildren at Christmas. Naturally they begin to tell ghost stories: Christmas is the time for this, when the year is darkest and family or friends are gathered together to be entertained.

For the classic ghost story is a performance. Some of the best ghost stories — The Turn of the Screw is the most famous example — begin with this situation: a person telling a story to a group of rapt listeners.

The master of the ghost story, the Cambridge don MR James , used to read his latest compositions out loud to friends before publishing them. Most ghost stories are novellas or short stories, so that they might be fitted into a single, uninterrupted reading. Arthur is too darkly haunted by the story that he has in his head to join in the family game.

The story has to be told, but must be difficult to tell. A ghost comes back from the past, and so does a ghost story. In the opening of this narrative the storyteller talks of coming out "from under the long shadow cast by the events of the past". At its end, the storyteller has managed a difficult task. Thus the book's terse concluding sentences: "They asked for my story.

I have told it. Or you could think that it shows him still possessed by the fears that the story has re-awakened. As a young man, Arthur, then a junior solicitor in a London law firm, was sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to sort out the papers of a recently dead client of the firm, Mrs Alice Drablow.

Of course she had lived in a gloomy mansion — Eel Marsh House — cut off from the village by a causeway that is only passable at low tide. Of course the locals are fearful of the place and yet highly reluctant to talk of their fears.

Readers will recognise some of the conventional properties of this highly conventional form: the art of the author is to turn our expectations into apprehension. Arthur the storyteller recalls his own youthful scepticism — "I did not believe in ghosts" — but we know that the person who tells the story has been made to think differently. In a time-honoured generic pattern, this ghost story throws a particular light on the storyteller, asking us to notice not just what happens in his narrative, but what has happened to him.

He confesses near the opening of his tale that "for many years now" his spirits have been "excessively affected by the ways of the weather". Something has happened to him, we infer, to produce this "susceptibility".

It is another way back into the past. For in the story that he eventually tells, the weather will be a disturbingly active element.

In the story, the much younger Arthur stumbles after the truth of the narrative into which he has been thrust. What has happened in this house? What terrible events are recorded in Mrs Drablow's chaotic papers? In a crucial episode, this stumbling is literal: roused in the night by a child's cry, he finds himself desperately fumbling after a candle when all the lights in Eel Marsh House go out.

But the real fumbling is that of the storyteller recalling the episode; we experience the drama in the present, as he tries to understand his experiences. He remembers how, in the dark, empty nursery of the house, he felt something worse than terror. Only at the very end will we find the meaning of this. The proper telling of the story depends upon narrative suppression. As we near the conclusion, Arthur recalls his departure from Crythin Gifford and re-enters his hopeful past self.

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Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. The house stands at the end of a causeway, wreathed in fog and mystery, but it is not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black - and her terrible purpose. I don't know if it was because of the hype of the book, or Susan Hill's atmospheric descriptions, but The Woman in Black was giving me goosebumps from the start. Arthur Kripps is spending Christmas Eve with Really enjoyed this, very well written and to the point - gave me the shivers!

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T his is a ghost story, so we start with the storyteller. Literary critics rarely use this last term, preferring to talk of the "narrator". But when it comes to hauntings this traditional description is fitting. Arthur Kipps is giving us a tale that he is condemned by his own memories to tell.

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

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There are undertakers with shovels, of course, a local official who would rather be anywhere else, and one Mr Arthur Kipps, solicitor from London. He is to spend the night in Eel Marsh House, the place where the old recluse died amidst a sinking swamp, a blinding fog and a baleful mystery about which the townsfolk refuse to speak. But when the high tide pens him in, what he finds — or rather what finds him — is something else entirely. Susan Hill.

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The Woman in Black is a horror novel by Susan Hill , written in the style of a traditional Gothic novel. The plot concerns a mysterious spectre that haunts a small English town. A television film based on the story, also called The Woman in Black , was produced in , with a screenplay by Nigel Kneale. In , a theatrical film adaptation of the same name was released, starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Look Inside. The classic ghost story from the author of The Mist in the Mirror : a chilling tale about a menacing spectre haunting a small English town. Now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe. Arthur Kipps is an up-and-coming London solicitor who is sent to Crythin Gifford—a faraway town in the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway—to attend the funeral and settle the affairs of a client, Mrs.

 Пока не везет.  - Она вздохнула.  - Быть может, придется ждать, пока Дэвид не найдет копию Танкадо. Стратмор посмотрел на нее неодобрительно. - Если Дэвид не добьется успеха, а ключ Танкадо попадет в чьи-то руки… Коммандеру не нужно было договаривать. Сьюзан и так его поняла.

Это значит - Кто будет охранять охранников?. - Не понимаю. Кто будет охранять охранников. - Вот. Если мы - охранники общества, то кто будет следить за нами, чтобы мы не стали угрозой обществу.

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Мидж хотела возразить, но прикусила язык. И прижала ладонь к горлу. - В шифровалке вырубилось электричество.

 Такой список выдает только принтер Фонтейна. Ты это отлично знаешь. - Но такие сведения секретны.

Фонтейн заставил Мидж и Бринкерхоффа стоять, пока сам он молча совершал свой обычный ритуал заваривания кофе сорта Гватемальская ява. Затем он сел за письменный стол и начал их допрашивать, как школьников, вызванных в кабинет директора, а они по-прежнему стояли. Говорила Мидж - излагая серию необычайных событий, которые заставили их нарушить неприкосновенность кабинета.

 Куда держишь путь.

 Делай свою распечатку и выметайся! - зарычал. - Si, senor, - засмеявшись, ответила Мидж с подчеркнутым пуэрто-риканским акцентом и, подмигнув Бринкерхоффу, направилась к двойной двери директорского кабинета. Личный кабинет Лиланда Фонтейна ничем не походил на остальные помещения дирекции. В нем не было ни картин, ни мягкой мебели, ни фикусов в горшках, ни антикварных часов. Здесь все было подчинено одному требованию - эффективности.

Беккер отбил шестизначный номер. Еще пара секунд, и его соединили с больничным офисом. Наверняка сегодня к ним поступил только один канадец со сломанным запястьем и сотрясением мозга, и его карточку нетрудно будет найти. Беккер понимал, что в больнице не захотят назвать имя и адрес больного незнакомому человеку, но он хорошо подготовился к разговору. В трубке раздались длинные гудки. Беккер решил, что трубку поднимут на пятый гудок, однако ее подняли на девятнадцатый. - Городская больница, - буркнула зачумленная секретарша.

Голос болезненно кашлянул. - Да. Немало. - В Севилью - по делам? - настаивал Ролдан.

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