One of the masterfully written Gothic tales by Gaskell. She has beautifully captured the essence of mystery and suspense, horror and fear in her story. A new anxiety is added with the turn of each page. A complete generation is bounded for destruction and disaster.
I read this short story for the 21 books for 21 challenge of The afternoon tea and scones with the lovely ladies (Goodreads group).
This tale tells the story of a curse issued by Owain Glyndŵr (Welsh) on the family of the Griffiths. His best friend, a Griffith, betrayed him to (gasp of horror) the British ! Owen Glendower is best known through Shakespeare's Henry IV, Elizabeth Gaskell brings to life the story of his final descendants and how you can never escape your destiny. It's chilling, it's doom, it's Oedipian and you can't escape ! Read it as a Gothic tale, perfect for the end of the year or telling tales around the fire place.