J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 4

Published: 1853
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,602 / 123 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 4,135
Added to site: 2004.07.04
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he parish sexton. Bob Martin was held much in awe by truant boys who sauntered into the churchyard on Sundays, to read the tombstones, or play leap frog over them, or climb the ivy in search of bats or sparrows' nests, or peep into the mysterious aperture under the eastern window, which opened a dim perspective of descending steps losing themselves among profounder darkness, where lidless coffins gaped horribly among tattered velvet, bones, and dust, which time and mortality had strewn there. Of such horribly curious, and otherwise enterprising juveniles, Bob was, of course, the special scourge and terror. But terrible as was the official aspect of the sexton, and repugnant as his lank form, clothed in rusty, sable vesture, his small, frosty visage, suspicious grey eyes, and rusty, brown scratch-wig, might appear to all notions of genial frailty; it was yet true, that Bob Martin's severe morality sometimes nodded, and that Bacchus did not always solicit him in vain.

Bob had a curious mind, a memory well st


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Plot bullets

  • The Village Bully

    o A bully causes the death of a man.

    o But the bullies final battle is yet to come, after death.

  • The Sexton's Adventure

    o A man and his promise.

    o The devil and his mission.

  • The Spectre Lovers

    o A man experiences the ghosts of the past which unveils a story.


    o A priest must attend the dying.

    o More easily said.


    o Even a ghost can make a mistake.

    o A family feels it must take in a lodger to meet the rent.

    o All seems well when they take in a very mysterious lodger.

    o The lodgers long term rental seems to have saved this household from ruin.

    o But, has it damned them, instead.

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