The Two Mrs Scudamores

1871

Short Fiction

Read it now

Link to story      or second source:   Link   


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

Inheritance, wills, or legitimacy issues
Widows


Site creator / administrator:   Joan Richardson           Email:   jxoliphant@gmail.com             © 2014     All rights reserved