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Kerfol has ratings and 20 reviews. Tom said: This story is not exactly what I expected going in. Even so, it is a great example of gothic horror and. It is one of the many ghost stories Edith Wharton wrote and was also included in the collection Ghosts published in Kerfol. cover design. Edith Wharton aimait les chiens, et elle a exprimé la force de ce sentiment dans deux passages-clés de ses écrits autobiographiques. «Kerfol» est la seule de.

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I had supposed the place to be familiar to her.

In a diary begun in Mayshe reveals: Another touch of irony? A Woman of her TimeNew York: Edith Newbold Jones was born into such wealth and privilege that her family inspired the phrase “keeping up with the Whagton. Wharton set the tragedy of the Cornaults before the seventeenth-century shift in religious thought, but she framed her tale with a twentieth-century perspective on animals.

Arnauld d’Andilly and the gentlemen of Port Royal. And then, she did not know how, but the pedlar coaxed her into buying for herself an odd pear-shaped pomander with a strong scent in it — she had once seen something of editb kind on a gypsy woman.

The Ghosts of Kerfol

More important, she knew the story would be read by a twentieth-century audience. It follows the career of Undine Spragg, recently arrived in New Sharton from the midwest and determined to conquer high society.

Published December 1st by Tark Classic Fiction first published You know every Breton house has its ghost-story; and some of them are rather unpleasant. The master of the house had taken a dislike to dogs, there was no denying it.


I wonder if there is a ghost here, and nobody but you left for it to appear to? After that she said to herself that she would never have another dog; but one bitter cold evening a poor lean greyhound was found whining at the castle-gate, and she took him in and forbade the maids to speak of him to her husband.

A few roses grew against the walls, and on an upper window-sill I remember noticing a pot of fuchsias. It yielded, and I walked through the tunnel formed by the thickness of the chemin de ronde.

The dogs experience the helplessness and terror of violent death, an emotional kerrol that has left them caught between worlds, forever longing for and unable sdith experience human contact. It was true that her husband seldom spoke harshly to her; but there were days when he did not speak at all.

At this point I fancy the drowsy courtroom beginning to wake up. The same thing happens to further dogs.

Kerfol, and other Edith Wharton ghost stories « Versailles and More

Part of keefol tragedy, as critics have noted, is that not only her husband but her society and its legal system too associate her with her dog in a less-than-human category: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Anne de Cornault exclaimed with pleasure as the little creature bounded toward her. At this point one of the Judges, who appears to have had a certain sympathy for the accused, suggested that she should be allowed to whaton herself in her own way; and she thereupon made the following statement.


The dogs knew better: What kind of history I was not prepared to guess: The Letters of Edith Wharton.

Anne oerfol finds herself in a different kind of prison, as dreary as the one devised by her late husband. Jul 28, Tiffany Lynn Kramer rated it liked it. The framed tale takes place just before significant changes occurred in the ways humans in Western Europe perceived animals in relation to themselves.


The Mount, her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, has a cemetery for several of her dogs. It seemed to have been ill-treated by the gypsies, and clung to her plaintively when she took it from them.

Finally I crossed the bridge and tried the iron gate.

If ever I saw an avenue that unmistakeably led to something, it was the avenue at Kerfol. Presently I looked across at the ruined facade, and saw that in one of its window-frames another dog stood: While he has limited ability to sympathize with Anne, he can and does respond to the emotions that he perceives in the dogs.

I found a flight of steps in the thickness of the wall and went down them; and when I emerged again into the court, there stood the circle of dogs, the golden- brown one a little ahead of the others, the black greyhound shivering in the rear.