Autore: Thomas Hardy
Narratore: Robin Holmes
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'According to the kinsman who told me the story, Christopher Swetmans house, on the outskirts of Kings Hintock village, was in those days larger and better kept than when, many years later, it was sold to the lord of the manor adjoining; after having been in the Swetman family, as one may say, since the Conquest. Some people would have it to be that the thing happened at the house opposite, belonging to one Childs, with whose family the Swetmans afterwards intermarried. But that it was at the original homestead of the Swetmans can be shown in various ways; chiefly by the unbroken traditions of the family, and indirectly by the evidence of the walls themselves, which are the only ones thereabout with windows mullioned in the Elizabethan manner, and plainly of a date anterior to the event; while those of the other house might well have been erected fifty or eighty years later, and probably were; since the choice of Swetmans house by the fugitive was doubtless dictated by no other circumstance than its then suitable loneliness.'
Categoria: Racconti brevi
Serie: Thomas Hardy Short stories: 8
Titolo originale: The Duke’s Reappearance