Edith Wharton (1862-1937) was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928 and 1930.
'The Lady's Maid's Bell' is a classic ghost story about Alice Hartley, a servant who takes up a new position in a remote country house as companion to an invalid lady. Almost immediately she realises that there is something not quite right in the house.
Across the passage from her room is a door which is always kept locked. Apparently it was the room of a previous companion to her mistress, who died several months ago. But sometimes there are strange sounds heard in the locked room - and once or twice the dead maid is seen on the passage. And then comes the night when the mysterious bell rings for the first time....
What disappointed you about The Lady's Maid's Bell?
Would you recommend The Lady's Maid's Bell to your friends? Why or why not?
No. The narrator had odd inflections in her reading. I couldn't get into the story because I was so distracted by the reading.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
She had an odd inflection in her reading.
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