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What Was It?

A Mystery

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Language: English
Wordcount: 4,833 / 14 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,199
Added to site: 2008.01.23 19831
Genre: Short Story

In a moment he had discovered somewhere in my room a long piece of cord, and was the next instant winding it and knotting it about the body of the unseen being that I clasped in my arms.

"Harry," he said, in a hoarse, agitated voice, for, though he preserved his presence of mind, he was deeply moved, "Harry, it's all safe now. You may let go, old fellow, if you're tired. The Thing can't move."

I was utterly exhausted, and I gladly loosed my hold.

Hammond stood holding the ends of the cord that bound the Invisible, twisted round his hand, while before him, self-supporting as it were, he beheld a rope laced and interlaced, and stretching tightly round a vacant space. I never saw a man look so thoroughly stricken with awe. Nevertheless his face expressed all the courage and determination which I knew him to possess. His lips, although white, were set firmly, and one could perceive at a glance that, although stricken with fear, he was not daunted.

The confusion that ensued amo

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

O'Brian is a good writer of the Poe type: slow to start, with nice descriptions, reasonable characters, and a plot that doesn't strain reality.

A landlady moves her boarding house to a new house rumored to be haunted. Nothing happens for a while, then . . . .



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