Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 5 (1856–57), 207–14.
The Haunted House [1/2]
Short Fiction, Serial
Spiritualism, Astronomy, Anatomy, Physiology
Describes the new tenant in a haunted house as a 'beetled-browed philosopher' who had written on 'Spectral Apparitions', and who devoted much of his time to 'astronomical observations' and who was skilled in algebra, mechanics, and the mechanisms of the human heart and eye (213). The 'Philosopher' is perceived as a warlock but leaves the house having 'proved the non-existence of ghosts, besides having a machine to catch them, a cat, and a rat-trap of his own invention'. He also concluded that it was impossible to 'make abstruse calculations' in the house owing to its poor construction. (214)
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