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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Miss Jeromette & the Clergyman: 1875


(my 8th read *but not a book* for RIP)

Miss Jeromette & the Clergyman : a novella by Wilke Collins.


Ok.. so.. by now you know I don’t seem to like short stories..  so my friend Cath told me I might like a novella by an author I like, Wilke Collins.  So I go to the website and rather than reading it on line I printed out the (shutter!) short story.   It is 15 8x10 pages, single spaced. Which I will admit is longer than most short stories, but still …. *groan*

I put off reading it until today.   I have to say Wilke manages to do what others have not.   His *novella* had a beginning, where the future clergyman falls in love with Jeromette.  A middle, where he leaves his love to become a Clergyman knowing his love is in love with another.  And an end…. which of course I won’t give away.

I really do like the way Wilke Collins writes!  He is more *readable* then Dickens.  A little less dark and  in general uses easier words to read by.

Believe it or not, since this tale is about a ghost it fits the criteria for yet another RIP read!… this would be number 8 !!

But the way if you like Wilke’s writing and click on the link at the top you will find a list of short stories novella’s written by Wilke.  You can read them on line or print them off to read .

I will leave you with a rather large excerpt that Amazon had posted as their product description..

Product Description

an excerpt from the beginning: My brother, the clergyman, looked over my shoulder before I was aware of him, and discovered that the volume which completely absorbed my attention was a collection of famous Trials, published in a new edition and in a popular form. He laid his finger on the Trial which I happened to be reading at the moment. I looked up at him; his face startled me. He had turned pale. His eyes were fixed on the open page of the book with an expression which puzzled and alarmed me. "My dear fellow," I said, "what in the world is the matter with you?" He answered in an odd absent manner, still keeping his finger on the open page. "I had almost forgotten," he said. "And this reminds me." "Reminds you of what?" I asked. "You don't mean to say you know anything about the Trial?" "I know this," he said. "The prisoner was guilty." "Guilty?" I repeated. "Why, the man was acquitted by the jury, with the full approval of the judge! What call you possibly mean?" "There are circumstances connected with that Trial," my brother answered, "which were never communicated to the judge or the jury - which were never so much as hinted or whispered in court. I know them - of my own knowledge, by my own personal experience. They are very sad, very strange, very terrible. I have mentioned them to no mortal creature. I have done my best to forget them. You - quite innocently - have brought them back to my mind. They oppress, they distress me. I wish I had found you reading any book in your library, except that book!" My curiosity was now strongly excited. I spoke out plainly. "Surely," I suggested, "you might tell your brother what you are unwilling to mention to persons less nearly related to you. We have followed different professions, and have lived in different countries, since we were boys at school. But you know you can trust me." He considered a little with himself. "Yes," he said. "I know I can trust you." He waited a moment, and then he surprised me by a strange question. "Do you believe," he asked, "that the spirits of the dead can return to earth, and show themselves to the living?" I answered cautiously - adopting as my own the words of a great English writer, touching the subject of ghosts. "You ask me a question," I said, "which, after five thousand years, is yet undecided. On that account alone, it is a question not to be trifled with." My reply seemed to satisfy him. "Promise me," he resumed, "that you will keep what I tell you a secret as long as I live. After my death I care little what happens. Let the story of my strange experience be added to the published experience of those other men who have seen what I have seen, and who believe what I believe. The world will not be the worse, and may be the better, for knowing one day what I am now about to trust to your ear alone."


Blogger Cath said...

I can't remember whether I put this one on my Kindle or not. I'll check and read it if I did. I don't think it's converted you to short stories has it? LOL. But I hope it had something in it for you to enjoy.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Kailana said...

I really like Collins so far. I will probably read this at some point.

7:18 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Cath: you probably did since you sent me the link and told me specifically about that one..

kelly: there are a number of his novella's on that link site

6:18 AM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

It does make some degree of sense that you might find novellas in general more satisfying, because more often than not, in my experience, they do have the beginning, middle and end that isn't as easy to accomplish with the length of short stories. I am so glad you enjoyed this one.

Thinking about novellas makes me remember that you enjoyed Avatar a lot and you should put it on your list to read Poul Anderson's novella, Call Me Joe. It is one of the stories critics think influence Cameron. It is very good and I think you would enjoy it, even though SF isn't generally your favorite reading.

5:10 PM  
Blogger animewookie said...

So glad you enjoyed it :D

1:35 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I've been meaning to read The Woman in White by Collins for forever. Maybe it will be easier for me to start with a shorter book (novella) like this one.

4:46 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

kathleen: ohhh the woman in white is very good!

5:33 PM  

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