Countess Narona makes her move to have Agnes sleep in what was known as room 13a once renamed from room 14, the exact place the Lord perished. Lord Montbarry is the Lord of the Palace in Venice whom was at first engaged to Agnes Lockwood, but cruelly and abruptly left her one-day for Countess Narona, later becoming his wife. The two main female characters Agnes and The Countess were pretty annoying at times. The supernatural element is there, but it never gets the attention you’d expect in a story like this. Henry also stumbles upon a set of gold denture teeth, taking them as his evidence. Pages Images and files Insert a link to a new page Loading

It is first known to be a great place for travel, wealth, and royalty by the Lord and his wife, but it changes to that of mystery, death, and betrayal. The couple end a continental tour in Venice where they live reclusively in a large, decaying palace. Countess Narona is one of Collins’s characteristic enchantresses, obsessed with fate and hence self – destructive, her own worst enemy. Thorndyke or rather his lawyers like Anstey and Brodribb. All of the problems, complications, climax, and ending of the novel took place in the beautiful city of Venice and portrayed Venice the militant and Venice the Rich. They are accompanied by Baron Rivar, brother of the Countess, and by Ferrari, their courier. It can be disconcerting until you meet all the characters and get a feel for each of them.

Several members of the Westwick family unknowingly stay in the room where Herbert Westwick died. To ask other readers questions about The Haunted Hotelplease sign up. A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March until Dickens’ death in JuneWilliam Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. Jan 09, Renee M rated it liked it. His characters have impact and come to life for this reader, not sacrificed to a greater goal of evoking horror or terror, as can sometimes happen in this genre.


I was able to believe the characters as they were portrayed and learned much about Venice through reiteration of the things I was already taught. Further reading shows Collins’ tendency to continuously introduce new point of views, leaving it up to the reader to see how it ties together. He is also described as a crazy chemist who mixes chemicals in the basement of the palace and lives there with the married couple.

The form of the classic detective story had not yet evolved, saving for the Dupin stories by Edgar Allan Poe.

The characters were all introduced in different contexts which reall Ehhhhhhhhh not sure about this one! In the end, I was impressed with this novella by Mr. Henry ended up taking this script after finding everything out and burning it.

Collins grew up in England but traveled amongst Europe while writing these stories and tales to be published. Countess Narona comes clean in her script about the plot her and her brother came up with of the killing of both the Lord and Mr.

The Countess seems to be under a good deal of stress about this marriage, as she was unaware Montbarry had already been engaged. All of them experience negative sensations in the room and when Agnes spends a night there she awakes, in the early hours of the morning, and discovers Countess Narona has sneaked into her room. Insert image from URL.

To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above. The books does have some dark and nasty scenes, especially towards the end of the book and—yes—there is a ghost as well, but The Haunted Hotel is more of a gothic mystery than a ghost story. Note that the close – mouthed lawyer, Mr. Maybe she wanted to confess because she wanted affirmation from somebody to tell her that what she had done was right.

Countess Narona, who will marry Lord Montbarry, comes to see a doctor to evaluate her sanity. Agnes agrees to call for some help and figure out some more detail, so she invites and requests that Mr. Despite Abby’s forgiving nature, the Countess is convinced that Abby has doomed her to a tragic ending.


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What will they uncover whilst sleeping under the roof where he died? Waiting for her arrival Agnes finally arrives in Venice at the hotel. The Haunted Hotel is more of a detective story than a ghost story, despite its title.

I enjoyed the roundabout way of presenting a story that was actually quite chilling in parts. Suspicion rests on Isabel who goes to coplins with her aunt until her name is cleared.

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Pages Images and files Insert a link to a new page Loading Ferrari and sent by the Lord unknown that he was actually murdered, but thinking he really did just leave. Unimpressed and angry to be fooled, but long live the Countess.

The s saw Collins’ creative high-point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, ‘The Woman in White”No Name”Armadale’ hauntdd ‘The Moonstone’ This sort of yhe some questions, but then the insurance company gets involved, as they are prone to do whenever they are forced to pay out any money, and come to the conclusion that the death was legitimate and settled the policy though Hoetl suspect that like most insurance companies, particularly life insurance companies, they will go to great lengths to not actually pay anything out.

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