And it would be rather worth while to own the most romantic house in Brittany. It was not with the least idea of living up to the character my friend Lanrivain ascribed to me as a matter of fact, under my unsociable exterior I have always had secret yearnings for domesticity that I took his hint one autumn afternoon and went to Kerfol. Then straight ahead till you see an avenue. If I had met a peasant I should certainly have asked, and probably been sent astray; but I had the desert landscape to myself, and so stumbled on the right turn and walked across the heath till I came to an avenue. It was so unlike any other avenue I have ever seen that I instantly knew it must be the avenue.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Kerfol. Nov 26, Beverly rated it really liked it Shelves: ghost-story. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Kerfol is the name of a haunted castle that a man is exploring perhaps to purchase when he comes upon a pack of dogs. These dogs are in the main, small, beautiful and well cared for, but unusual in their quietness. They approach the man at a distance and then follow him, but retreat when he tried to pet one.
This is a short ghost story with a different type of haunted inhabitants. Dog lovers should be wary, although the loyalty of these animals last way beyond death. Jul 15, Tom Mathews rated it really liked it Shelves: short-stuff , group-reads , horror , read-in This story is not exactly what I expected going in. Even so, it is a great example of gothic horror and a far cry from Ethan Frome which was imposed on me in school.
I look forward to hearing other people's impressions of this story. View all 3 comments. I really did not get this at all He killed the dogs why? What was the point of it? Written well, so there is that. View 1 comment.
Aug 18, Harry W rated it really liked it. The house at Kerfol was not actually very scary in my opinion, but that does not mean it is bad. An enticing confusing story. I read this with my mum. Jun 30, Jennifer rated it liked it. Here is the fourth story in Wharton's collection of ghosts, and if "The Lady's Maid's Bell" can be called poor, with "Afterward" classifying as rich, then "Kerfol" is solidly the bourgeoisie -- middle class.
To use Wharton's own words: " Indeed, it is long on architectural and landscape description, as if to undergird the uncertainty with earthiness and throw more pity onto its tragi Here is the fourth story in Wharton's collection of ghosts, and if "The Lady's Maid's Bell" can be called poor, with "Afterward" classifying as rich, then "Kerfol" is solidly the bourgeoisie -- middle class. Indeed, it is long on architectural and landscape description, as if to undergird the uncertainty with earthiness and throw more pity onto its tragic heroine by virtue of an ironic twist which renders her "horror" as the human one, her "salvation" as the haunting.
Jul 18, Marwan Emad rated it liked it. A bit spooky I might say, but had no shivers reading it tbh and too much unexplained phenomena. Yet I believe this can be the begining of a very interesting Novel if someone pursues to extend it a little bit. Jul 28, Tiffany Lynn Kramer rated it liked it. Edith Wharton's Kerfol is one of the better gothic horror tales I've read. I appreciated that she didn't make events over dramatic like most gothic writers are prone to do. The only flaw I can find is the ending which feels abrupt and unfinished.
Aug 11, Karen rated it liked it Shelves: 20th-century. I read this out loud to Harry, and we both agreed that it was not so chilling, but a little bit heartbreaking, which is exactly what I would expect from Edith. It scared me, amused me, and drew me in all at the same time. Before I read this I never thought dogs would scare me. The beginning is especially interesting. But as we learn the history, it gets really intense and bone chilling.
The ending is unexpected. And it scared me half to death for like a week. Dec 30, Phil Slattery rated it liked it Shelves: horror. A very spooky story centering around the dogs at a French estate an Englishwoman is considering purchasing in the early 20th century and a murder that occurred centuries before.
Though a little slow in the beginning, Wharton does a good job of building the suspense and then summing up the history of the estate as the denouement. Feb 05, Keith rated it really liked it Shelves: gothic , short-stories , classics. In this story a young woman marries an older wealthy man. All seems well at first. The husband then starts to terrorize his young wife. He murders various dogs that come into her life. He then is later murdered by their ghosts. Apr 05, Kirsten rated it liked it.
I was curious about this story when The Ghosts of Kerfol came out. Then we went on the Mount Ghost Tour, where they took us to the pet cemetary on the grounds, and talked about this story. Now, I've finally gotten the chance to read it.
Now onto The Ghosts of Kerfol! May 04, Jeffrey rated it really liked it. A creepy, gothic ghost story, this is a very effective and unsettling short work that reminds one of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. It is recommended for fans of the genre. Apr 02, Bonnie rated it liked it Shelves: classics , literary-fiction , pn-ghosties , shorties.
Edith Warton's story 'Kerfol' is a ghostly tale of revenge and while it's not my favorite story of hers, was still a short pleasure to read. The ending will leave you wondering about the purpose of the story though as it's left very open-ended. Jan 17, Denise rated it liked it Shelves: 20th-century , fiction , ghost , horror , short-stories. After the master of the house has turned to cruelty both to lady and to her dogs, a surprising memory hangs on.
Kerfol by Edith Wharton: Summary & Analysis
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In Life and I , her unfinished first attempt at an autobiography, Wharton writes:. In the story, dogs appear in a multi-faceted, multi-signifying system as symbols, ghosts, and actual dogs. In this story, she also tackles the problem of being taken seriously as a writer while addressing a subject not considered serious: the love of dogs. Biographers note that Wharton always had dogs in her life and that she grieved for them when they died Lewis Biography ; Lee The Mount, her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, has a cemetery for several of her dogs.