’31 Tales of Terror’ #7: The Silver Mirror

*Title: The Silver Mirror by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Date Read: 19 October 2008
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Briefly: A young accountant spends endless days poring over the ledgers of a business man who is under investigation for fraud. Sharing the room with the accountant is an aged old mirror which begins to reflect a ghostly scene, which seems to grow in clarity as the days pass. Is the accountant really seeing things or, as the doctor suggests, is he just wanting for some much needed rest?
Afterthoughts: Great story and it’s quite apparent, due to the quality of the prose, that this story has penned by a literary great. Conan Doyle’s grip of the prose is first-class. He provides some ‘nuggets’ of pure genius such as his analogy of the accountant going through the records as though he were a hunter trailing thorough the jungle after his prey.
Notable Quote: “…I chanced to look at the mirror. It had the oddest appearance. The red curtains which should have been reflected in it were no longer there, but the glass seemed to be clouded and steamy, not on the surface, which glittered like steel, but deep down in the very grain of it. This opacity, when I stared hard at it, appeared to slowly rotate this way and that, until it was a thick white cloud swirling in heavy wreaths.”

Rating: ★★★★★

*Story read as part of the 31 Tales of Terror reading challenge.

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