TFTV 07 ¦ “Kerfol” (House of Madness) Part 2 by Edith Wharton ¦ DSB Audio Full Audiobook Story

A Ghostly Pack Of Dogs Get Their Revenge… In:

—Tales From The Vault Episode 7 (part 2 of 2)—

Summary / Synopsis

Edith Wharton’s 1916 ghost story, “Kerfol,” tells the story of a young woman convicted of her older husband’s murder. Her claim that the dogs the man had systematically murdered for their devotion to her were responsible for maiming her husband was met with derision, and yet ever after, on the anniversary of his death, the caretakers leave the estate to avoid encountering the silent, sinister pack of ghostly canines.

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

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ANNOTATIONS

16 postern – A postern is a secondary door or gate in a fortification such as a city wall or castle curtain wall. Posterns were often located in a concealed location which allowed the occupants to come and go inconspicuously.

17 irascible – having or showing a tendency to be easily angered.

18 faggot – a bundle of sticks bound together as fuel.

19 colloquy – a conversation.

20 pomander – a ball or perforated container of aromatic substances, placed in a cupboard or room to perfume the air or (formerly) carried as a supposed protection against infection.

21 cogitation – the action of thinking deeply about something; contemplation.

22 Jansenism – a Christian movement of the 17th and 18th centuries, based on Jansen’s writings and characterized by moral rigour and asceticism.

23 Blaise Pascal [1623 – 1662] – French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, writer and Catholic theologian. Pascal, like the fictional character Hervé de Lanrivain, became a Jansenist, and he later had a mystical experience. His most famous work, Pensées, is a posthumously published, unfinished manuscript of fragments attempting to reconcile reason and logic with belief in God. One might imagine Lanrivain, then, recounting his lover’s experiences to Pascal, and the two men attempting to square her story with the “realities” of the world.

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