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The Lady's Maid's Bell by Edith Wharton
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Jun 29, 2009

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A good story, though Wharton misses the mark of great literature here, by leaving virtually everything of "import" to the reader's imagination. In short, while I found this an entertaining piece, its entertainment value comes at the price of slightness. Still, a quick, pleasant read (if such can be said of supernatural fiction), with some atmosphere and a few psychological insights. The tone and delivery of this story are coarse, blunt -- reflecting perhaps the social and economic station of the lady's maid who is doing the telling, but unfortunately, maybe also coming off as a hastily-written "pulp" piece of the type which might be tossed out at a magazine editor's deadline!

Do not spend time on this story, if you like your mysteries solved and explicated.


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