TFTV 06 ¦ “Kerfol” (House of Madness) Part 1 by Edith Wharton ¦ DSB Audio Full Audiobook Story

A Deserted Mansion… In:

—Tales From The Vault Episode 6 (part 1 of 2)—

Summary / Synopsis

In part 1 of “Kerfol”, our narrator goes to visit an old semi-fortified mansion in Brittany, at the suggestion of his friend Lanrivain. He is impressed by its age and the sense of history it exudes. No guardian or owners appear, but he is met by a pack of assorted dogs which are mysteriously quiet. When he returns to his friend’s house that night, Mrs Lanvirain tells him that the dogs are the ‘ghosts of Kerfol’….

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Produced and narrated by David Sweeney-Bear (c)2021

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1 Kerfol – In the Breton language, translates as: “house of madness”

2 tenuity – lack of solidity or substance; thinness.

3 puerile – childishly silly and immature.

4 portentous – of or like a portent; of momentous significance.

5 chemin de ronde (French, “round path”’ or “patrol path”) a raised protected walkway behind a castle battlement.

6 traceried (adective form); tracery – ornamental stone openwork, typically in the upper part of a Gothic window.

7 brindle  – brownish or tawny with streaks of other colour.

8 agate – an ornamental stone consisting of a hard variety of chalcedony (quartz), typically banded in appearance, in this instance blue or grey in colour

9 pardon (ceremony) – A pardon is a typically Breton form of pilgrimage and one of the most traditional demonstrations of popular Catholicism in Brittany. Of very ancient origin, probably dating back to the conversion of the country by the Celtic monks, it is comparable to the parades associated with Saint Patrick’s Day in Ireland or New York City.

10 lychgate – a roofed gateway to a churchyard, formerly used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival.

11 The Clouets – The French painters Jean (ca. 1485-ca. 1541) and François (ca. 1516-ca. 1572) Clouet were masters of an elegantly mannered, aristocratic style of portrait painting and of coloured chalk portrait drawing.

12 averred (past tense); aver [??v??] – to state or assert to be the case.

13 vassal – a holder of land by feudal tenure on conditions of homage and allegiance.

14 votive  – offered or consecrated in fulfilment of a vow.

15 merchantman – a ship carrying merchandise.

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