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Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards
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Aug 08, 2011

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bookshelves: gaslight-weird, haunted-strange-macabre, fiction
Read from August 07 to 08, 2011

An affecting novelette by one of the Victorian world's most remarkable women, who was better known for her travel writing (specifically One Thousand Miles up the Nile). An accomplished travel writer, Amelia Edwards excelled at depicting foreign locales in her fiction. This story, set in Germany, is less a ghost story than a story of attachment and devotion. I'd give too much away to expand on how Edwards develops that theme, but the plot revolves around an impressionable young German girl and a noble prisoner who is also something of a Napoleonic war hero. In late age, the girl (now woman) looks back and recalls a singular period of her life. There's a pleasing if somewhat sentimental twist at the end.

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