|My grandfather and his sisters, circa 1906|
First published in Pall Mall magazine, January 1906
Collected in The Room in the Tower and Other Stories (1912)
(First read 27/06/2012)
Now it has to be said that the spook element of this story is a bit negligible ~ it's there but it's not important, and it's not very good anyway.
No, what we have here is a hymn in praise of motoring. It takes place "in the early days of motors, when there was still the sense of romance and adventure round them" ~ reminder: this was written in 1906! In those days cars still had what EFB calls a 'syren' as well as a separate 'hooter', could expect to have four or five punctures on journeys of over 50 miles, and broke down with monotonous regularity.
|The same g.dad, all grown up and with a car of his own, ca. 1925|
There's a certain amount of tedious and garbled 'ghost theory', and a sizeable dollop of what can only be called 'padding', but ignore all that and just enjoy the motor ride.
It's available online here.
¹ See also The Face (1924).
² Or is it Lincolnshire? [Looks it up.] No, I was right: it's Norfolk. Hunstanton (Norfolk) also gets a few mentions in this story.