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A ghost story with a social commentary! My heart beat a little as I began to walk down it. He walks all around the grounds, but never spies a single person.
The only visitors on the grounds of the estate are a pack of dogs. But, not just any pack of dogs. Yet they did not look hungry or ill-treated. Whenever de Cornault returned home, he always brought a gift for his wife. One evening, out of the blue, de Cornault is found murdered, and his wife is found covered in his blood. Yet, Anne maintains her innocence. Her alibi? Anne confesses that she was planning to run away with de Lanrivain because she was afraid of her husband.
Because he killed not just one of her pet dogs, but multiple dogs she had attempted to keep and care for. As she was preparing to meet de Lanrivain, her husband, she says, was mauled or attacked by the pack of ghost dogs. At The Trial Anne uses the idea of the bloodthirsty, supernatural dogs as her defense at her trial. Where women today are allowed to be independent and equal members of society, women in the late s and early s were subject to the control and domination of their spouses.
A ghost story with a social commentary! My heart beat a little as I began to walk down it. He walks all around the grounds, but never spies a single person. The only visitors on the grounds of the estate are a pack of dogs. But, not just any pack of dogs.
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I began with Mr. Jones and was fascinated by it. The multiple layers, the historical depth the backstory takes place in the late 18th and early 19th centuries , the sense of humour, the class issues. Afterward , another story, deals with the issue of guilt and the cultural and social differences between America and Great Britain, a theme developed at length, though in a different tone, in The Buccaneers. Kerfol particularly appealed to me because it is set in France, and, as I wrote before , Edith Wharton is the Frenchest of all American writers.
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At the age of nine, she suffered from typhoid fever , which nearly killed her, while the family was at a spa in the Black Forest. She rejected the standards of fashion and etiquette that were expected of young girls at the time, which were intended to allow women to marry well and to be put on display at balls and parties. She considered these fashions superficial and oppressive. Her family did not want her name to appear in print, since writing was not considered a proper occupation for a society woman of her time.
Kerfol by Edith Wharton: Summary & Analysis