The Return of the Soul

The Return of the Soul

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The Return of the Soul by Robert Smythe Hichens

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yes were sunk deep in her head. All expression seemed to fade gradually away. Her cheeks were no longer fine ivory white; a dull, sickening, yellow pallor overspread them. She seldom looked at me now, but rested entombed in her great armchair, her shrunken limbs seeming to tend downwards, as if she were inclined to slide to the floor and die there. Her lips were thin and dry, and moved perpetually in a silent chattering, as if her mind were talking and her voice were already dead. The tide of life was retreating from her body. I could almost see it visibly ebb away. The failing waves made no sound upon the shore. Death is uncanny, like all silent things.

Her maid wished her to stay entirely in bed, but she would get up, muttering that she was well; and the doctor said it was useless to hinder her. She had no specific disease. Only the years were taking their last toll of her. So she was placed in her chair each day by the fire, and sat there till evening, muttering with those dry lips. The stiff folds

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A well-done horror story that slowly builds dread to the climax.
A boy's parents force him to stay with his dying grandmother because he is her favorite and they hope to inherit. It takes her months to die, and he grows to hate her. He can't take it out on the old woman, so he turns his malice towards her cat.
Great descriptions and characterizations. I'm not sure Professor Black is necessary to the plot. He's almost a distraction, but that's the way they wrote in the olden days.