Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Day One Hundred Twenty-Two: "The Apparition of Mrs. Veal" by Daniel Defoe


A woman tells of seeing an apparition of a dead friend and finds that she can profit from the telling of her story. It sounds unbelievable but people are traveling from miles away to hear her speak, to entertain the possibility of the afterlife, the spiritual dark side. The dead woman's husband pleads with her to stop, questions her about her "visit" with the apparition but the woman won't budge. There is something powerful behind her testament, power in numbers as more and more people become interested in this tale of Mrs. Veal.

While this story for me felt like it floundered and I didn't find a clear plot to follow, I still enjoyed it. For a story written so long ago, this one was surprisingly relevant and current and had a theme that is still sort of original.

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