Edgar Allan Poe Shortstories Part IX

Hi all!

February is almost over and I’m still not done with Poe’s stories ๐Ÿ˜€ It seems there are more than I expected. But I guess it’s not a problem, because most of them are really interesting, many in more ways, and some really make me think ๐Ÿ™‚

Even so, I want to finish them soon, hopefully, because I have planned many interesting books for the future and I can’t wait to read them ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, this time I’ll be presenting 5 works again, and as before, the titles are links to where you can read them online ๐Ÿ™‚

The Mystery of Marie Roget

This story is a longer one, but I really enjoyed it. It is subtitled “A sequel to The Murders in the Rue Morgue“, and as expected from this, we meet some of the characters from that story.

This story presents the mysterious case of the assassination of a girl named Marie Roget, and since the Parisian police cannot seem to find the murderer, the Prefect calls upon the services of M. Dupin. M. Dupin with his notorious powers of observation and analysis, reflects upon theย  case and the many questions concerning it.

I found this a really good mystery story and I would definitely recommend it ๐Ÿ™‚

The Assignation

This is another interesting little story with a twist at the end, which you don’t really expect ๐Ÿ™‚

The story starts by presenting the narrator in Venice, who witnesses a heroic act done by a very known figure: he saves the child of Marchesa Aphrodite di Mentoni. The narrator overhears the words murmured by the Marchesa, and is intrigued by their meaning. The next morning, the narrator is invited to the home of the man, where he finds out more about the man and his relationship with the Marchesa.

A Tale of the Ragged Mountains

This story is also an interesting one, with a quite mysterious plot.

The main character is a Mr.ย  Augustus Bedloe, who, due to an illness, has a very peculiar appearance. We find out that he has been treated by his doctor with hypnosis, a fact that made me wonder at the end about what really happens in the story.

A weird experience of Bedloe is presented, something seemingly impossible, and something that might also have anย  unexpected outcome ๐Ÿ™‚

Morella

This story reminded me of “Ligeia”, especially the first part, but I guess, in essence it was different.

In this story theย  narrator marries a woman who he is not in love with, but shared another kind of bond. But as time passed, he became frightened of her, and when she grew ill, he wished she would die soon. When she did die, she gave birth to a daughter, whom the narrator names, for causes beyond his knowledge, Morella, after her mother. As she grows, she resembles her mother more and more, and this strikes the narrator with terror.

This story was an interesting one, with a twist at the end and what I loved about it was that it had that eerie atmosphere that some of Poe’s stories have.

“Thou Art the Man”

This story is a kind of mystery-story I guess, because it involves the murder of a very wealty man, Mr. Barnabasย  Shuttleworthy.

One day, he heads for town, but a few hours later not only does his horse appear without him, but the animal is shot and dies shortly. The search for Shuttleworthy is led by a good friend of his, Charley Goodfellow, and soon enough the murderer is found. But is he really the one who committed the deed? And where is the body? Maybe a wine-party can answer these questions ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, this is about it for now, but I’ll be back shortly with Part X of the series ๐Ÿ™‚

Until then, have a nice day and a nice read ๐Ÿ™‚

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