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The tomb in the day-time, and when wreathed with fresh flowers, had looked grim and gruesome enough; but now, some days afterwards, when the flowers hung lank and dead, their whites turning to rust and their greens to browns; when the spider and the beetle had resumed their accustomed dominance; when time-discoloured stone, and dust-encrusted mortar, and rusty, dank iron, and tarnished brass, and clouded silverplating gave back the feeble glimmer of a candle, the effect was more miserable and sordid than could have been imagined. It conveyed irresistibly the idea that life – and animal life – was not the only thing which could pass away.
The daddy of them all, the originator of a whole genre, a new kind of villain, to challenge even the most steadfast of heroes. I had finally got round to reading a classic. I tend to avoid them, I almost feel like I’m expected to like them, couldn’t…
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