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Archibald Malmaison

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Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 35,062 / 106 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,097 3322

culiar only. The old wives of the village maintained that he was the sort that could see elves, and that, if one but knew how, he might be induced to reveal valuable secrets, and to confer magic favors. But, looking the other way, he was to be dreaded as a possible (though involuntary) agent of evil; especially perilous was it, these venerable dames would affirm, to become the object of his affection or caresses--a dogma which received appalling confirmation in the fate of the brindled cat, who, after having been caught by the leg in a trap intended for a less respectable robber of hen-roosts, was finished by a bull-terrier, who took advantage of her embarrassed circumstances to pay off upon her a grudge of long standing. This tragedy occurred in January of the year 1807, and produced a noticeable effect upon Master Archibald Malmaison. He neither wept nor tore his hair, but took the far more serious course of losing his appetite.

The most remarkable part of the story is yet to come. No one had told him th

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****

The plot of the story was a good one, but I can't say I liked the storytelling very much. Just as the book had become most interesting, it came to an abrupt end. I was in total disbelief as to the fact that it had ended, at what to me, was a climax in need of a resolution.


A unique novel with gothic elements, written by the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne. The story focuses on the title character - a man with a mysterious malady. Every seven years, he falls into a trace-like state and emerges with one of two alternate personalities.This book has it all - insanity, death, a secret chamber, a ghost, revenge, duels, a court trial, star-crossed lovers, and a grisly ending. A must-read for fans of strange or gothic literature.



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