Short stories 131-135

“Roberto’s Tale” by Robert Greene. Originally from Greene’s Groatsworth of Wit Bought with a Million of Repentance. Ugh! (The edition i read seems to have been heavily edited from the original, so no link).

True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal” by Daniel Defoe. A rather dull ghost story that reads more like a newspaper article than a deliberate work of fiction.

The Story of an Heir” by Joseph Addison. Originally published in The Spcetator. A short romantic moral tale.

“The Disabled Soldier” by Oliver Goldsmith. Originally from The Citizen of the World. Another short moral tale, but not quite so sickly sweet as the previous one.

"The Bridal of Janet Dalrymple" by Sir Walter Scott. Although I can’t find a publication date for this story to confirm it, this seems to be an early version of the story Scott would later expand into novel form in The Bride of Lammermoor. The tightly written dramatic narrative of the tragic story of thwarted love is ruined by an unnecessary documentary style postscript that seems to be trying to offer proof that it is a true story.


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