The Two Mrs Scudamores


Short Fiction

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The Story

After a long, painful marriage Mrs Scudamore is widowed, and she and her children remain in their country house in Berkshire. Finally she can look forward to the future:  her son will soon be coming of age; and her eldest daughter may soon be engaged.

But just when they are all looking ahead, a mysterious woman and her nephew arrive, who inform Mrs Scudamore privately of a terrible secret. This story follows her mental deterioration as she attempts to keep the secret, even at the cost of "sacrificing" one of the children.

British publishing information

Periodical:   Blackwood's Magazine   Dec 1871 - Jan 1872

Series and Themes

Sins of the fathers - 2 related story lines
Inheritance, wills, or legitimacy issues

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