By Louisa May Alcott
This assortment represents the easiest of Alcott's grownup oeuvre, beginning with A smooth Mephistopheles, a depressing Faustian story encouraged by way of A lengthy deadly Love Chase. The tales during this quantity demonstrate dramatic depth and exciting, suspenseful plots that convey Alcott to be a posh and passionate author. Readers will observe inside of this maelstrom of homicide, deceit, obsessive hope, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can nonetheless triumph over all.
The e-book takes its identify from the story "A Whisper within the Dark," arguably Alcott's high-gothic masterpiece, a narrative of imperiled innocence.
Also featured are: "The Abbot's Ghost," one among Alcott's few thrillers that employs the supernatural; "Perilous Play," a sensationalist tale during which she means that with the proper stimulation—in this example hashish—even the blameless exhibit a gloomy aspect; and V.V.; or Plots and Counterplots, fraught with ardour and jealousy that introduces the mysterious Virginie Varens, the darkest heroine in all of her paintings.
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Wherever he looked there were signs of how completely at home the pseudo-Chavel had made himself. His overcoat hung on the door, and a little pool had collected on the linoleum beneath it; on the chair he had hung his jacket. When Charlot shifted he could feel the sagging weight of the other's pocket against his thigh. The bed creaked as the actor rolled comfortably toward the center. Charlot turned off the light and again felt the heavily weighted pocket beat against his leg. The rain washed against the window regularly like surf.
Once during the night he tried to call the deal off. " "Once," she said, "once. Fancy that. He tried once. " They had supper as usual in the kitchen. Madame Mangeot asked peevishly what the noise had been in the hall. "It was like a public meeting," she said. " "Why did you let him into the house? Such riff-raff we get here when my back's turned. " "He didn't get beyond the hall, Mother," Therese said. "But I heard two of them go along the passage toward the kitchen. It wasn't you. " Charlot said quickly, "I couldn't turn him out without so much as a piece of bread.
Charlot didn't care: he and Therese Mangeot shared a secret. When he caught her eye he believed that they were recalling to each other a secret intimacy. But when they were alone he only said, "Can I find you anything at the market? " "No," she said. "There's nothing I want. " he said. "The walk would do you good... a bit of air? " "Tell your mother not to open the door. " "Listen," Charlot earnestly implored her, "you're driving yourself crazy. You're imagining things. Why, in heaven's name, should he come here to be tormented by the sight of everything he's signed away?