The Lame Priest

Author: Susan Morrow Jones (S. Carleton)
Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,217 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,085
Added to site: 2008.11.11 22606
Genres: Horror, Short Story

y such pity came on me, except that it is not right to see into the soul of any man, and I knew the priest must be banned, and thought Andrew had meant to warn me against him. I took the things, twigs, stone, and charcoal, and threw them into the fire.

"I'd sooner they came in," I said.

But the strange priest gave me a look of terror, of agony. I thought he wrung his hands, but I could not tell. As if I had struck him he was over my threshold, and scurrying away with his swift lameness into the woods and the thin-falling snow. He went the way we had come in the morning, the way of the dead hare. I could not help wondering if he would take it with him if it were still there. I was sorry I had not asked him where he was going; sorrier I had not filled his pockets with food. I turned to put away my map of the district, and it was gone. He must have moved more silently than a wolf to have stolen it, but stolen it was. I could not grudge it, if I would rather have given it. I went to the bunk to pull


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Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****

I love this story. It kept me glued until the end of the story. Good read.


Well written horror story about a mysterious frontier priest. A settler learns the reason why he is shunned by the Native Americans. Good development of the characters.

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