Saturday, January 1, 2011
Review: Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad
Ghost Stories (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets):
OH, WHISTLE AND I’LL COME TO YOU, MY LAD by M.R. James
Peter Washington (editor)
Everyman's Library (2008), Hardcover, 416 pages
Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come to You my Lad was written in 1904 and it’s a ghost story from the stories collected in Ghost Stories from an Antiquary by Montague Rhodes James (M.R. James).
‘... there must be rats …’ (p. 142)
One man, two beds, and one ghost, or ...
A professor takes a vacation, unfortunately he can rent only a double-bedded room.
Nearby the inn there is a Templars’ Preceptory, where the professor finds an old whistle with some inscriptions on it.
In the evening the professor blows in the whistle …
Although the professor sleeps only in one of the two beds, the other one is always unmade.
Ghosts, rats, or ‘he should be … careful about using a thing that had belonged to a set of Papists.’ (p.137)