One Who Saw: A Ghost Story for Christmas
Simon Crutchley, a sensitive writer, flees the clatter of London for the sleepy French city of Rouen. After settling in at l'Hôtel d'Avignon, he sits down to work in its courtyard garden, but finds himself inexplicably blocked. Later that night, while smoking at the window, Crutchley looks down into the same garden - only to spy a beautiful, solitary young woman weeping on a bench, face hidden from view. The next day, when making inquiries about her among the staff, he's met with gasps and signs of the cross. For his protection, an employee attempts to move him to a different room: a room without a view into the courtyard. But Crutchley, now compelled to see the woman's face, refuses. It's then that the employee divulges the ghastly origins of the weeping figure - and tells Crutchley an uncomfortable truth about himself: that he, Crutchley, is "one who sees."
Originally published on Christmas in 1931, A.M. Burrage's "One Who Saw" is widely regarded as the author's masterpiece. Selected especially by Seth, this new, gorgeously illustrated edition introduces Burrage's unforgettable story to a new generation of readers.
Steeped in traditions older than the Christmas we often celebrate in modern times, ghost stories told at Christmas were a reflection of the ideas of ending and rebirth (both of the year and crops), as well as reflecting on the darkness (both outside and within). As people gather with families, it is natural to remember those who are no longer amongst the group and to share tales with younger generations.
One Who Saw is one such story that is shared with a Christmas spirit. Originally told by A.M. Burrage, this single story is one in a group of Christmas Ghost Stories that are perfect for holiday gatherings.
Size: 10.2 x 15.3 cm (4 x 6 inches)