It is Christmas Eve, and the narrator, his uncle and sundry other local characters are sitting round the fire drinking copious quantities of whisky punch and telling ghost stories until bedtime, when…
But no, I won't spoil the fun. This is a little gem: Jerome at his tongue-in-cheek best.
by Jerome K. Jerome
Introductory How the Stories came to be told Teddy Biffles' Story Johnson and Emily; or, the Faithful Ghost Interlude The Doctor's Story Mr. Coombe's Story The Haunted Mill; or, the Ruined Home Interlude My Uncle's Story The Ghost of the Blue Chamber A Personal Explanation My Own Story
It was Christmas Eve.
I begin this way because it is the proper, orthodox, respectable way to begin, and I have been brought up in a proper, orthodox, respectable way, and taught to always do the proper, orthodox, respectable thing; and the habit clings to me.
Of course, as a mere matter of information it is quite unnecessary to mention the date at all. The experienced reader knows it was Christmas Eve, without my telling him. It always is Christmas Eve, in a ghost story,
Christmas Eve is the ghosts' great gala night. On Christmas Eve they hold their annual fete. On Christmas Eve everybody in Ghostland who IS anybody or rather, speaking of ghosts, one should say, I suppose, every nobody who IS any nobody comes out to show himself or herself, to see and to be seen, to promenade about and display their winding sheets and grave clothes to each other, to criticise one another's style, and sneer at one another's complexion... Continue reading book >>It is Christmas Eve, and the narrator, his uncle and sundry other local characters are sitting round the fire drinking copious quantities of whisky punch and telling ghost stories until bedtime, when…But no, I won't spoil the fun. This is a little gem: Jerome at his tongue-in-cheek best.
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