Rats Inhabit An Old House, in…
—Tales From The Vault, Episode 19—
A student arrives in a small town looking for a quiet place to stay while preparing for his examination. Making light of the local superstitions, he moves into an old mansion where a judge notorious for sending people to the gallows once lived. He is comfortably settled and engrossed in his work when, in the middle of the night, he is visited by an enormous rat with baleful eyes. He soon learns why the locals fear the Judge’s House.
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Most famous for the novel Dracula, Bram Stoker was an Irish writer who also wrote many short stories. Taken from the collection “Dracula’s Guest” (first published in 1914), The Judge’s House is a prime example of Stoker’s atmospheric style.
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Produced and narrated by David Sweeney-Bear (c)2021
MUSIC: Michele Esposito – Sonata for Violin and Piano in E Minor Op 46 – I. Allegro moderato
Check out Murray Mysteries- https://knovesstorytellingcollective.wordpress.com/ – by Knoves Storytelling. A gothic-comedy audio retelling of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
1 The Mathematical Tripos is the mathematics course that is taught in the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge.
2 disporting – enjoy oneself unrestrainedly; frolic
3 sang-froid [ French sahn-frwa literally “cold blood”] – Coolness and composure, especially in trying circumstances.
4 the Laplace transform, named after its inventor Pierre-Simon Laplace (“LA-plass”), is an integral transform that converts a function of a real variable (often time) to a function of a complex variable (complex frequency).
5 divertissement – a brief entertainment or diversion,