Hauntings

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Author: Vernon Lee (Violet Paget)
Published: 1890
Language: English
Wordcount: 56,307 / 164 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 23.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 3,154
Added to site: 2006.02.27
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Mirandola, where he respectfully pressed his suit; insisting that he had a right to consider her as his wife. But the lady escaped by letting herself into the moat by a rope of sheets, and Giovanfrancesco Pico was discovered stabbed in the chest, by the hand of Madonna Medea da Carpi. He was a handsome youth only eighteen years old.

The Pico having been settled, and the marriage with him declared null by the Pope, Medea da Carpi was solemnly married to the Duke of Stimigliano, and went to live upon his domains near Rome.

Two years later, Pierluigi Orsini was stabbed by one of his grooms at his castle of Stimigliano, near Orvieto; and suspicion fell upon his widow, more especially as, immediately after the event, she caused the murderer to be cut down by two servants in her own chamber; but not before he had declared that she had induced him to assassinate his master by a promise of her love. Things became so hot for Medea da Carpi that she fled to Urbania and threw herself at the feet of Duke G

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Hauntings

Obsessive tales of old fancies

Vernon Lee was the pen name of Violet Paget who is known primarily as writer of supernatural fiction. She never married and her appearance could be best described as androgynous or asexual leaving many to speculate she was a lesbian. I don’t know whether that is true or not but I think you will find an element of confused sexuality around many of her characters.

The book consists of four stories involving obsessions with alluring creatures of the past, although it can be stated plainly that some are less alluring than others.

It is apparent Ms. Paget was a scholar of art, culture and history which becomes evident by the exquisite background she paints for each of her obsessive tales.

If you count, Sheridan Le Fanu, William Hope Hodgson and H. P. Lovecraft among your favorite authors of the supernatural, I think you may want to strongly consider adding Ms. Paget as well.


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