The Return is a 1922 novel by the English writer
and poet Walter de la Mare.(He later
revised the book, but this is the first version.) This is a mysterious novel .
. . (US Edition)(UK Edition)
Memory slipped back for an
instant to the life that in so unusual a fashion seemed to have floated a
little aloof. Fortunately he had not discussed these inward symptoms with his
wife. How surprised Sheila would be to see him loafing in this old, crooked churchyard.
How she would lift her dark eyebrows, with that handsome, indifferent
tolerance. He smiled, but a little confusedly; yet the thought gave even a
spice of adventure to the evening's ramble.
It is about memory, possession and madness and,
apparently, a bad romance.
Our protagonist reads an epitaph in the churchyard:
'Stranger, a moment pause, and stay; In this dim
chamber hidden away Lies one who once found life as
dear As now he finds his slumbers here:
Pray, then, the Judgement but
increase His deep, everlasting peace!'
'But then, do you know you
lie at peace?' Lawford audibly questioned, gazing at the doggerel. And yet, as
his eyes wandered over the blunt green stone and the rambling crimson-berried
brier that had almost encircled it with its thorns, the echo of that whisper
I imagine that there will not be a lot of peace after
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