Eight distinct stories, through all of which runs the same sinister influence. Uvo Delavoye, descendant, not in direct line, of the infamous Lord Mulcaster, comes to live in one of the suburban villas erected on his ancestor's estate. Crimes and tragedies follow, which have their counterpart in Lord Mulcaster's career. Uvo believes that there is a malign influence at work, which in some mysterious way is transmitted by his presence. After he is convinced of this he goes away.
n of the horse-chestnuts, and I was in it next moment. The air was intolerably stale without being actually foul; a match burned well enough to reveal a horse-shoe passage down which a man of medium stature might have walked upright. It was bricked like the well, and spattered with some repulsive growth that gave me a clammy daub before I realised the dimensions. I had struck a second match on my trousers, and it had gone out as if by magic, when Delavoye hailed me in high excitement from the lawn above.
He was less excited than I expected on hearing my experience; and he only joined me for a minute before luncheon, which he insisted on our still taking, to keep the servants in the dark. But it was a very brilliant eye that he kept upon the Dutch chairs through the open window, and he was full enough of plans and explanations. Of course we must explore the passage, but we would give the bad air a chance of getting out first. He spoke of some Turkish summer-house, or pavilion, mentioned in certain annal
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