Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Third Person by Henry James

I am reading another Henry James ghost story, The Third Person, available as a free down load in the collection called The Soft Side, published in 1900. I haven't finished reading it, but at this point I'm wondering if it's a bit tongue-in-cheek. Two second cousins, Miss Susan and Miss Amy Frush, jointly inherit a house which they decide to occupy rather than sell and divide the proceeds. A ghost presents itself, and the two cousins enter into a sort of competition over the ghost. I'm curious to see how it all turns out, which should tell me whether the whole story was meant to be a farce.

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