Tuesday, February 07, 2006

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

Category: Gothic

Author: Shirley Jackson

Summary: Visitors call seldom at Blackwood House. Taking tea at the scene of a multiple poisoning, with a suspected murderess as one's host, is a perilous business. Merricat has developed an idiosyncratic system of rules and protective magic, to guard them against the distrust and hostility of neighboring villagers. Or so she believes. But at last the magic fails. A stranger arrives--cousin Charles, with his eye on the Blackwood fortune. Unable to drive him away Merricat adopts more desperate methods. The result is crisis and tragedy, the revelation of a terrible secret, the convergence of the villagers upon the house, and a spectacular unleashing of collective spite.

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