The Lily and the Thorn


Short Fiction

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In A Widow's Tale      or second source:   1 volume   

The Story

In the dales of northern England lies the village of Waterdale. Lily Murray was born of the peasant class, but her striking beauty draws "gentlemen" around her - including the young squire Roger Ridley and Sir Richard Featherstonehaugh, who is engaged to Roger's sister. As jealous tensions build between these two men, there is a further complication when a summer visitor with hidden ties to Lily is introduced into their circle. Before the story ends one man will commit murder, and another man will flee.

This story is a sort of backstory to Young Musgrave (1877) - see the Related Story Lines entry below (Fleeing from Murder).

British publishing information

Periodical:   Good Cheer (Xmas ed. of Good Words)   Dec 1877

First edition:   William Blackwood and Sons (collected in A Widow's Tale) 1898

Series and Themes

Fleeing from murder - 3 related story lines
Mental disturbances, 'a clouded mind'
Murder, or murderous intent

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