- By Louisa May Alcott A.M. Barnard

The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation

  • Title: The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation
  • Author: Louisa May Alcott A.M. Barnard
  • ISBN: 9781419151163
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Abbot s Ghost or Maurice Treherne s Temptation There is a stupid superstition of that sort in the family but no one except the servants believes it of course In times of illness some silly maid or croaking old woman can easily fancy they see a p

    There is a stupid superstition of that sort in the family, but no one except the servants believes it, of course In times of illness some silly maid or croaking old woman can easily fancy they see a phantom, and, if death comes, they are sure of the ghostly warning Benson saw it before my father died, and old Roger, the night my uncle was seized with apoplexy Patty willThere is a stupid superstition of that sort in the family, but no one except the servants believes it, of course In times of illness some silly maid or croaking old woman can easily fancy they see a phantom, and, if death comes, they are sure of the ghostly warning Benson saw it before my father died, and old Roger, the night my uncle was seized with apoplexy Patty will never be made to believe that this warning does not forebode the death of Maurice or myself, for the gallant spirit leaves the ladies of our house to depart in peace How does it strike you, Cousin

    1 thought on “The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation

    1. This is a ghost story that is not very ghostly, also not very Christmasy. And definitely not Louisa May Alcott's best work (that would be Little Women, obviously.)

    2. A great Christmas Eve read. Complete with ghost tales, forbidden love, miraculous recovery and drawing room intrigue, Alcott's tale would fit into any Downton Abbey episode.

    3. La reseña completa en inthenevernever.e"Las mentes humanas atesoran más misterios que cualquier obra escrita, y son más mudables que las formas de las nubes en el claro cielo de abril". Secretos, mentiras, herencias, intrigas, fantasmas, amor y desamor, El espectro del abad, es una novela corta ideal para conocer otra faceta de la talentosa Louisa May Alcott. Es el tipo de historia que te atrapa poco a poco por sus personajes y que terminas de leer porque necesitas descubrir todos sus secreto [...]

    4. The Abbott's Ghost is another hidden gem written by Louisa May Alcott. Maurice Treherne saved his cousin Jasper's life after a misadventure in the water and was made a cripple because of it. Jasper of course is forever grateful but due to a small faux pas does a poor way of showing it. Maurice is in love with his cousin Octativa but due to his circumstances Octavia's mother puts a wrench in any happiness as her daughter should and could do better. In the end, a ghost story comes true paving the [...]

    5. Very sweet book in which all comes together well at the end, with virtue winning out. Though the setting was long ago and some of the culture old-fashioned, the author touched upon many assets of human nature that remain consistent over the ages. I was impressed by Maurice's loyalty to his friend Jasper and willingness to sacrifice his happiness for his friend. You had to dislike Lady Snowdon as she manipulated so many characters, and felt sorry for her older husband when he overheard about his [...]

    6. I actually got caught up in this one more than I thought. There is Alcott's usual moralizing, but couched in her genuine belief that people truly want to be good, it's not as annoying as it could be.

    7. I've always been a fan of Alcott's writing ever since I read 'Little Women' many years ago. I spotted this and decided to read it as Christmas isn't that far away. The story is mostly about Maurice who after saving his cousin Sir Jasper is left unable to walk.Even though his aunt and cousins do everything to show that they are grateful you see that he is not happy. Straight from the beginning I felt sorry for him. He loves his cousin Octavia, but he is unable to tell her at the beginning because [...]

    8. Honestly, I do love Louisa as an author. Her "serious" works, such as "Little Women" or "An Old Fashioned Girl" tend to preach the healthy lifestyle, so it's nice to just read something melodramatic and gothic! A haunted former abbey, a handsome but crippled hero, a wanton woman from his past, a beautiful, innocent love interest, a mystery, and a dark secret! Seriously, so great. And it's a "Christmas" story. I had fun. I may read it again.

    9. Alcott's thriller. It was a fun way to spend a few hours but compared to her other work it was shallow. If I had never read any other books by Alcott I think I would have enjoyed this book more.

    10. I'm not particularly into ghosts, but this was a good story. The three girls were a bit foolish, but Octavia did become an enjoyable character. I'm not sure what Mrs. Snowdon was up to, other than to create hurt for others. I felt she had a specific purpose in mind, but to what end remains a puzzle. None of the characters are completely villainous, so except for the ghost and the second-to-last scene I could see this happening.

    11. My feelings about this book may have been colored by my recent re-reading of "Little Women". This is one of the books Alcott wrote under a pen name before she wrote her masterpiece and as Jo was ashamed of her horror stories in the novel, I believe Louisa was ashamed of the stories like this that she wrote as well. In addition to ghosts, the book has mostly wealthy characters, improbable wills, adulterous flirtation, and highly unlikely miracles.

    12. Lots of the older writing didn't have a great sense of details, character name consistency, or smooth flow of plot and storyline, and this book is one of them. Not much of a Christmas story, and certainly not a ghost story, but just a short story about some family members that have gathered for the Holidays and their dysfunctional relationships. I was disappointed really.

    13. I read this with a Litsy group as part of a read-a-thon. It was a nice, light Christmas read. It was sad near the end, but somewhat appropriate, especially given the period in which it took place. A welcome addition to my holiday book list!

    14. This was okay. I cannot say that I hated it, but I was also ready to be through with it. I am just not a big fan of Gothic novels.

    15. My second serial. An enjoyable little read and another classic to mark off the list. This won't stick with me, but it was fun while it lasted.

    16. Lovely lovely lovely I was in love with Maurice myself.But did (view spoiler)[Sir Jasper Jr. (hide spoiler)]have to die?

    17. ReviewI read this as part of my Christmas reading but I’m not really sure why it’s called a Christmas story because it’s not very Christmassy at all.It’s not what I expected from Louisa May Alcott. I didn’t expect it to be another Little Women but I found the writing style to be quite different as well. I wouldn’t have known who the author was if I didn’t already know that it was Alcott.I found the main characters to be interesting, although I tended to get the secondary characters [...]

    18. Recommend this to anyone who enjoys period books as time machines or any Alcott fans. A quick read, more of a novella than a novel. Chiefly a mystery and romance novel though the setting is a grand estate party in England during the Christmas holidays. And yes, a touch of ghostliness. But not really for you if you're looking for Christmas cheer or a horror story. I enjoy these old books in two ways: 1 - It's interesting to see what was appealing and popular with readers of that time. 2. I adore [...]

    19. Wow, I liked this more than I thought I would?? This book was written in the 1860s and yet it really grabbed me. I've read several older books and they usually take me ages to get through them because although the story is good, the language is unfamiliar and difficult to read. This book, however, was a relatively quick read. While the language is very smooth, the story itself is rather intriguing. I am really glad about the way this story ended, even though there was quite a tragedy. It rate th [...]

    20. This story isn't very Christmasey except for the Christmas miracle. Seems to be a lot of "and the lame shall walk" going on in classic holiday literature.Its a story of a bunch of people who are together for the Christmas holiday and all of them have schemes of their own. Only Octavia seems to be pure of heart where that goes. She even melts the heart of her rival. I'm glad that she got her miracle and gets to be with the man she truly loves.And the death at the end? A tad unnecessary, but I gue [...]

    21. When I was growing up my sister, Kathy, used to tell us stories after we were supposed to be asleep. This little novel reminds me of something she would have conjured. It was a fun, quick read with romance, mystery, intrique and ghosts. In Little Women Jo (Alcott's alter ego-A. Barnard was her pseudonym) writes stories by a pseudonym. This story is evidently one of those. Interesting to read with that history in mind.

    22. Feelings of love and strength are echoed throughout the novel. Alcott uses these two themes to tell the story of Maurice Traherne and his quest to gain the hand of the admired Octavia -who is also his cousin- it quickly becomes a story of forbidden love. Alcott successfully provokes a sense of sympathy for Maurice among readers as we learn his love is forbidden by Octavia's parents due to his disability.— Oct 04, 2016 08:13AM The Abbot's Ghost: A Christmas Story

    23. A nice fast read clocking in at just over an hour. Who can complain about being surrounded by romance, mystery, forbidden love, betrayal, forgiveness, scandal and ghosts on a cold winters evening curled up with a cat and a mug of tea? It's not quite what I expected, as it was a bit shallow coming from Alcott until I remembered it was written under her pseudonym and I seem to recall that most of the tales written under that alias have a much different feel to them than Little Women etc.

    24. I laughed out loud. Even though I wasn't supposed to. I love the stories Louisa May Alcott wrote under her real name (Little Women, An Old-Fashioned Girl, etc.), but this one that she wrote as A. M. Barnard seems the epitome of 19th century sentimental pulp fiction. I would have used a fake name too. Read it to be amused, but don't expect much in the way of a story. (I'm sorry to be so harsh, but there it is)

    25. Are you looking for something a little different for your holiday season? Well, how about a little ghost story? Louisa May Alcott tells the story of a well-to-do family, their scandals, their lovers, and their ghosts. It was a short read, but the characters and plot were in-depth and wonderful. The genius of Louisa May Alcott is apparent in every word. My rating: 4/5

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