They soon discover the woman in the portrait is also named Alice and that she had a suitor, a poet by name of Christopher Lovelock.
Soon, Alice believes that the strange occurrences are in fact the haunting of Lovelock who believes her to be the reincarnation of his beloved Alice. Eventually, it escalates as William becomes wrapped in jealousy as Alice seems intent to contact Lovelock from the other side believing him to be her soul mate.
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A Phantom Lover was ahead of its time for its portrayal of the supernatural in a different light. It also effectively combined the human elements into one haunting tale of love and jealousy. Anthony Leslie also gave a superb performance and captures the love, vulnerability and madness of the characters in the story. He goes to their estate for several weeks and witnesses the strangest battle. Mrs Oke has become obsessed with a story of the family past.
Her namesake helped her husband execute her lover whilst both were disguised as highwaymen. And there is a prophecy. You see, it seems to be coming true. We have no children, and I don't suppose we shall ever have any. I, at least, have never wished for them.
She starts to dress in the clothing of past Alice, she points out any man they see as being Christopher Lovelock. She sits around with an enigmatic smile on her beautiful face. When their weekend guests seek a diversion from the bad weather, they all dress up. She chooses to dress as a highwayman in trousers and boots with a flintlock pistol at her side. From that evening onwards things began to assume a different aspect. That incident was the beginning of a perfect system—a system of what?
I scarcely know how to call it.
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A system of grim jokes on the part of Mrs. Oke, of superstitious fancies on the part of her husband—a system of mysterious persecutions on the part of some less earthly tenant of Okehurst.
The artist keeps trying to tell Mr Oke what she is doing, but he will not listen. Is it possession? Jealousy of a dead rival? Unless she IS possessed…] Very Victorian creepy… 3 stars Feb 20, Emmett Hoops rated it really liked it. This is a short tale, more a novella than a novel. It's well told, so any reader who appreciates a good Victorian ghost story would find a pleasurable read in its pages.
A spooky Victorian story. I can see why Lee was so popular.
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Short Stories. About Vernon Lee. Vernon Lee. Violet Paget, known by her pen name Vernon Lee, is remembered today primarily for her supernatural fiction and her work on aesthetics.
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An early follower of Walter Pater, she wrote over a dozen volumes of essays on art, music, and travel, poetry and contributed to The Yellow Book. Her liter Violet Paget, known by her pen name Vernon Lee, is remembered today primarily for her supernatural fiction and her work on aesthetics.
Her literary works explored the themes of haunting and possession.
Empathy was a key concept in Lee's psychological aesthetics which she developed on the basis of prior work by Theodor Lipps. Her response to aesthetics interpreted art as a mental and corporeal experience.
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