By Louisa May Alcott
This assortment represents the simplest of Alcott's grownup oeuvre, beginning with A smooth Mephistopheles, a depressing Faustian story encouraged via A lengthy deadly Love Chase. The tales during this quantity show dramatic depth and exciting, suspenseful plots that convey Alcott to be a fancy and passionate author. Readers will become aware of inside this maelstrom of homicide, deceit, obsessive hope, treachery, duplicity, and betrayal that love and honor can nonetheless overcome all.
The booklet takes its identify from the story "A Whisper within the Dark," arguably Alcott's high-gothic masterpiece, a narrative of imperiled innocence.
Also featured are: "The Abbot's Ghost," one in every of Alcott's few thrillers that employs the supernatural; "Perilous Play," a sensationalist tale during which she means that with the proper stimulation—in this situation hashish—even the blameless exhibit a depressing aspect; and V.V.; or Plots and Counterplots, fraught with ardour and jealousy that introduces the mysterious Virginie Varens, the darkest heroine in all of her paintings.
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