Ghost Story

If you’re in the mood for a nurse-themed ghost story, try Ellen Glasgow’s “The Shadowy Third.” As described in a brief synopsis: “In ‘The Shadowy Third’ the first-person narrator, Miss Randolph, is employed as Mrs. Maradick’s nurse by her husband Doctor Maradick. Miss Randolph comes to see Mrs. Maradick as a victim and not as a patient suffering from hallucinations, as Doctor Maradick insists. The ghost of Mrs. Maradick’s daughter, Dorothea, haunts the story and the reader is left to determine if Dorothea’s well-placed jumping rope resulted in Doctor Maradick’s accidental death.”

 

More on Glasgow and the story here: http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/2011/12/shadowy-third.html

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