TFTV 10 ¦ “In The Tube” by E F Benson ¦ DSB Audio Full Audiobook Story

A Ghost In The London Underground… In:
—TALES FROM THE VAULT Episode 10—

Summary / Synopsis

In this spooky classic tale, our narrator is 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.

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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.

I was inspired to read this story when I first came across it in Roald Dahl’s “Book Of Ghost Stories”, and my portrayal of Anthony Carling is loosely based on the venerable Alan Watts! I hope you enjoy it…

Do let me know what you though in the comments. Happy Listening 🙂

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

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FOOTNOTE:

“‘It’s a ticklish thing to play with souls’, as Browning says…” [1]

Robert Browning (7 May 1812 – 12 December 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose dramatic monologues made him one of the foremost Victorian poets.

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