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The Old Nurse’s Story – discussion
22 September, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join Diane Duffy for a discussion on The Old Nurse’s Story.
The story can be found in collections of Gothic stories, ghost stories and tales of the macabre, something which might seem odd for a woman who was the wife of a Unitarian minister and, as a Unitarian, a believer in the rational. So what exactly was Gaskell’s attitude to the supernatural – or at least superstition – and how might this attitude inform her so-called ghost stories? In fact, perhaps it is even more relevant to consider just how far this is a story about malign spirits, or whether these ghosts are being used as a metaphor for something else, equally terrifying, but much more real.
Everyone is welcome to this informal discussion session – and here are some Points to Ponder.
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