The Ghost

A Modern Fantasy

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Author: Arnold Bennett
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,229 / 173 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.1
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 6,233
Added to site: 2005.11.29 11791

When Carl Foster, a young doctor, sees beautiful Rosetta Rosa at a London opera he is instantly captivated -- and almost as rapidly finds himself plagued by mysterious occurances. When another of Rosa's paramours un-expectedly dies, Carl begins to wonder if her glamour carries a deadly curse.

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at my appearance did no discredit to Sullivan and the great lady, his wife.

At eight o'clock, when the conductor appeared at his desk to an accompaniment of applauding taps from the musicians, the house was nearly full. The four tiers sent forth a sparkle of diamonds, of silk, and of white arms and shoulders which rivalled the glitter of the vast crystal chandelier. The wide floor of serried stalls (those stalls of which one pair at least had gone for six pound ten) added their more sombre brilliance to the show, while far above, stretching away indefinitely to the very furthest roof, was the gallery (where but for Sullivan I should have been), a mass of black spotted with white faces.

Excitement was in the air: the expectation of seeing once again Rosetta Rosa, the girl with the golden throat, the mere girl who, two years ago, had in one brief month captured London, and who now, after a period of petulance, had decided to recapture London. On ordinary nights, for the inhabitants of boxes, the O


Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
Henry L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • A man falls in love with an opera singer.

  • He takes on more than a matter of the heart.

  • He also takes on a matter of the mind.

  • He also takes on a matter of life and death.

  • He has dared to love one who would still possess the singer, even after death.


Arnold Bennett was well known to me as a writer of top-notch humor -- "The Card," "The Regent," "Tales of the Five Towns," etc. -- so I was surprised to find he had written a novel of horror and suspense. I was equally surprised to discover how good it was.

"The Ghost" is a mesmerizing tale of a young doctor in love with a young opera singer. His love -- and his very life -- are threatened by...well, it IS titled "The Ghost," after all. Very well done, with some nice twists and turns.

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