“There’s no such thing as Time really; it has no actual existence. Time is nothing more than an infinitesimal point in eternity, just as space is an infinitesimal point in infinity. At the most, Time is a sort of tunnel through which we are accustomed to believe that we are travelling.” – Anthony Carling
This spooky classic tale is told from the perspective of the narrator, who, after a dinner party, remains as an overnight guest at the house of Anthony Carling. Anthony begins the story with a philosophical monologue on the nature of time, space and eternity.
The story that emerges from this tantalizing beginning contains a paradox: How can one man witness another in a London Underground train station one night, only to meet him elsewhere the following day and discover that he had only just arrived in London that very morning?
After Carling has related his story, in which it becomes clear that he not only met an apparition but also experienced a premonition of tragic events to come, the two men are visited by a ghostly presence. It then transpires that Carling must take action to enable the departed soul to rest in peace.
E F Benson is best known for his “Mapp and Lucia” series of books, but he was also a prolific writer of short stories. “In The Tube” was first published in 1923 in the book Visible and Invisible.
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This is the first of a number of stories I have been inspired to read by Roald Dahl’s “Book Of Ghost Stories” . Next up will be “The Hanging Of Alfred Wadham” also by E F Benson, so make sure you stay informed by signing up to my mailing list, and be sure to share this post with any fellow audiobibliophiles: