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In the Closed Room

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  78 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
This is a short story concerning a working class couple, Jem and Jane Foster and their otherwordly young daughter, Judith. Judith is imaginative and solitary, she frequently dreams of her Aunt Hester, who died quietly at a very young age.
Judith and her parents live in a hot, airless flat near the City's noisy Elevated Railroad. The father is offered the temporary position
Hardcover, 130 pages
Published 1904 by The McClure Press
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I enjoyed this short gothic ghost story...for children? I can't quite figure out who is the intended audience. Older versions have art by Bessie Wilcox Smith, lending the story the air of sweet, rosy children at play. And the main characters *are* small children at play, although not rosy ones. I read it online without pictures and I would say that it's ghostly enough that I can't imagine many small children liking it and yet it's not quite YA either. The descriptions of the grown-ups seem more ...more
Somewhat surprising for those who know Burnett mainly from her children's books. This is a somewhat spooky story about a girl in a large house her parents are taking care of. It's pleasant, but she doesn't completely pull it off. The gender roles are a period of the age, but a bit jarring to read now.

If you're a Burnett fan, by all means, pick this up, but there's no need to go out of your way for it.
I picked this book up on a whim (on a Hodgson Burnett kick), and I'm not disappointed that I did.
It's pretty enjoyable to see all the different genres and ways that this author other dips her feet into writing styles and bits and bobs.
This was a sort of thriller/ghost story? Very chilling and intense. Funny thing that I found was that it sort of reminded me a /lot/ of 'Gone Home' (the video game), when they moved into the new house. It was like a written feeling and scenery of that game in my
Jul 13, 2015 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
May I recommend In the Closed Room by Frances Hodgson Burnett? The children here get up to no hijinks and no shenanigans. Do you know what these children do? THEY DIE. I'm reading Good Girl Messages, where the author, obviously unitiated to the FHB planet, freaks out because of the amount of beautifully dead children In the Closed Room. She compares it to Kate Douglas Wiggins' The Birds' Christmas Carol and Beth in Little Women, which are all problematic if you don't want little girls to think t ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A short ghost story by the author of The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett. There's something very eerie about this story and yet... the ending is supposed to be beautiful and uplifting.

spoiler alert: {when the mother discovers the ghost of her dead child has returned she is not frightened, but happy to know that it is not so far to the afterlife and she will see her child again one day.}

Not sure if I liked this story or not. It is bittersweet. It is eerie. I'm not a huge fan of ghost stori
Samantha Glasser
Jan 28, 2015 Samantha Glasser rated it really liked it
This is an eerie story about a family who moves in as caretakers to a large home which has been abandoned by the owners. One room is locked, but their daughter Judith has access to it and the new friend which lies within. The story is short but memorable both due to the easy writing and the creepy ending.

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This story left me in a state of confusion. I don't know how I'm supposed to feel at the end. Happy or sad. I thought it was beautifully written, though.
Jan 31, 2014 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
I borrowed an old copy of this book from a friend, and just turning the pages was a beautiful experience. The paper and page design are exquisite and I love the color plates by Jessie Wilcox Smith. I read this lovely story in one sitting, cradling the cloth covers gently in my hands. E-readers have nothing appealing compared to old books.
I had never heard of this story by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It has the magic of Secret Garden in a shorter story, flowers, a large empty house, a ghost, and a c
Bill Sharma
Jan 08, 2016 Bill Sharma rated it it was amazing
It's a great suspense story. It's about 30 pages long. It has mix of child story and scary story mixed.
I felt like watching a boat sink and being able to do nothing about it. It is well written and I would suggest it to anyone who wants to read short, well written story.
Aug 06, 2014 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A marvelously atmospheric ghost story. Definitely not the kind of thing that Burnett is known for, except that it has an "odd child" protagonist.
Feb 03, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange story about a strange girl -- I don't know what to think about it. It was well written but it's not one I'd read again. Another free download to my Kindle.
Bitter-sweet story very typical of Burnett.
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Frances Eliza Hodgson was the daughter of ironmonger Edwin Hodgson, who died three years after her birth, and his wife Eliza Boond. She was educated at The Select Seminary for Young Ladies and Gentleman until the age of fifteen, at which point the family ironmongery, then being run by her mother, failed, and the family emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee. Here Hodgson began to write, in order to sup ...more
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