A Thin Ghost and Others by M. R. James

By M. R. James

Number of tales by way of Montague Rhodes James, a famous medieval pupil and provost of King's university, Cambridge and of Eton collage. he's top remembered this day for his ghost tales within the vintage Victorian yule vein.

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By M. R. James

Number of tales by way of Montague Rhodes James, a famous medieval pupil and provost of King's university, Cambridge and of Eton collage. he's top remembered this day for his ghost tales within the vintage Victorian yule vein.

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What’s the reason of your prejudice—for I can call it no more than that? ' But, no! no explanation was forthcoming. And I was merely reduced, as I am now, to a shrug of the shoulders, and a cui bono. However, here it is, ” and with that the technical side of the question came to the front again. The matching of the colours for the background, the hem, and the knots of ribbon was by far the longest part of the business, and necessitated many sendings to and fro of the original pattern and of new samples.

Henslow that one, and Mr. Lyall was the other—‘Can’t say I did, ' says Mr. Lyall, ‘rather too much of Isaiah 34. 14 for me. ' ‘34. 14, ' says Mr. Henslow, ‘what’s that? ' ‘You call yourself a Bible reader! ' says Mr. Lyall. (Mr. Henslow, you must know, he was one of what used to be termed Simeon’s lot—pretty much what we should call the Evangelical party. ) ‘You go and look it up. ' I wanted to know what he was getting at myself, and so off I ran home and got out my own Bible, and there it was: ‘the satyr shall cry to his fellow.

Henslow it was—would come to the vestries and fine ‘em, but I don’t believe he did: for one thing I fancy he’d read the wrong lesson for the first time in his life, and knew it. Anyhow Evans and me didn’t find no difficulty in slipping up the stairs as I told you, and when we got up we laid ourselves down flat on our stomachs where we could just stretch our heads out over the old tomb, and we hadn’t but just done so when we heard the verger that was then, first shutting the iron porch-gates and locking the south-west door, and then the transept door, so we knew there was something up, and they meant to keep the public out for a bit.

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