The Lost Door

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Author: Dorothy Quick
Published: 1936
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,040 / 34 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,305
Added to site: 2010.06.16 28163

An alluring but deadly horror out of past centuries menaced the life of the young American—a fascinating tale of a strange and eery love.

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at the other end of the room came soft strains of music.

De Lacy stood behind me pouring my wine. One thing I noticed was that in the whole room--and there must have been two hundred people at least--there were no older men or women. In fact, de Lacy was the oldest of the lot; the others ranged from about sixteen to thirty.

"How did my father get all these people together?" I asked de Lacy.

"Most of them, my lord, were born at Rougemont. Still others were adopted and brought here almost as soon as they were born. None of us has ever been outside Rougemont gates." De Lacy was quite matter-of-fact as he made his statement.

Wrexler was searching the hall with his eyes, as he listened to my steward.

"And you?" I looked at de Lacy.

"I, too, my lord, know nothing of your outside world, nor do I want to. Why should I, who am happy here? My family live down at the farm, but his Highness, your father, became interested in me. He brought me into the château, had me educa


Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
C. Alan Loewen

Dorothy Quick (1896–1962) (real name: Dorothy Gertrude Mayer) was known as a close friend of Mark Twain who encouraged her writing career when she was a young girl. They met aboard the S. S. Minnetonka in 1907. He was seventy-two years old, she almost eleven, and they remained close friends until Twain’s death in 1910.

The Lost Door contains every trope you could ever expect to see in a story about a vengeful ghost and aficionados of the genre are not going to be caught by surprise. The narrator inherits a French estate from his estranged father and he brings along his friend, Wrexler, to share in his unexpected windfall. There the narrator learns of a curse and the story is how the curse works itself out in the lives of the narrator and his friend. The ambiguous ending does lend a little bit of a The Lady or the Tiger-type ending, but for its length and Quick’s prose, the story is one worth reading.

Alan Loewen

Lisa Carr

Quite a good ghost story, with a persistent and often tangible ghost. A man inherits a huge French Château when his father dies, and when he arrives with his friend to claim it, he finds everyone dressed and behaving as if they were in the times of the Medicis. The ghost of a woman of that time begins appearing, and his friend becomes more and more entangled with the ghost.
Nice characters, good description, and excellent plotting.
Worth reading.

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