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Christmas Meeting

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CHRISTMAS MEETING The story revolves around a woman and a man both alone at Christmas. When the story opens the woman was saying that she has never spent Christmas alone. The middle-aged woman says that she has an uncanny feeling; sitting alone in a furnished room, with her head full of ghosts, and the room full of voices of the past. She is thinking about the past Christmases when she was not alone. The woman reminisces about her very first grown up Christmas, with a lover, and a walk in the dark before midnight, with the ground so white, and stars diamond bright in a black sky. The author describes the woman as nearly fifty, a schoolmarm, with dark hair, and myopic eyes that once were beautiful. Then there is the sudden arrival of the young man who burst in without a knock. ...read more.

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.It would hold me up, I'm a writer". She replies back, "I see". They carry on talking. Then she enquirers as to what it is he is writing. He tells her poetry and a diary combined. He also tells her it is entitled " My Poems and I " and his name is Francis Randell. The woman empathises with him by saying, "families are never appreciative of the artistic nature". Amused by his earnestness she starts to tease him by referring to life as, " revolving faster and faster on the wheel of creativeness". The young man, mistaking the woman's teasing for interest, then starts to get a little desperate for the woman to read his writing, so she says to the young man, "I'm going to make you some coffee, and I have a plum cake". ...read more.

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I had a rather odd experience. When I went back to my lodgings after a walk, there was a middle-aged woman in my room. I thought at first I'd walked in to the wrong room, but this was not so, and after a pleasant talk she disappeared. I suppose she was a ghost, but I wasn't frightened, I liked her. I do not feel well to night. Not at all well. I have never felt ill at Christmas before." A publisher's note followed the last entry: Francis Randal died from a sudden heart attack on the night of Christmas Day, 1851. The woman mentioned in this final entry in his diary was the last person to see him alive. In spite of requests for her to come forward, she never did. Her identity remains a mystery. The enigma left at the end of the story places the onus on the reader to decide who in fact was the ghost in this story or perhaps, was they both ghosts? ?? ?? ?? ?? Altan Halit ...read more.

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