Sunday, June 28, 2009


The symbols of light and darkness in the characters are used with a subtlety and consistency which suggests an influence on William Conrad and James Joyce.

A middle-aged housekeeper tells the story to a gentle young man from the south without really understanding the full importance of the incidents related. HE adds to her story, but, despite his greater range of understanding, he falls short of grasping the essential meaning. These persons serve as the reader’s representatives in the midst of a strange world and aid him in believing in the remarkable events and experiences which are the heart of Emily’s subject.

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