The House by the Churchyard

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The House by the Churchyard  (1863) 
by Sheridan Le Fanu
First published 1863

THE HOUSE BY THE CHURCH-YARD

by

J. SHERIDAN LE FANU

Author of 'Uncle Silas' and 'Torlogh O'brien'


Dublin:
James Duffy and Co., Ltd. New York: The MacMillan Company.
1904.
Printed by Edmund Burke & Co., 61 & 62 Great Strand
Street, Dublin.

Contents[edit]

A Prologue —being a dish of village chat

I. —The rector's night-walk to his church

II. —The nameless coffin

III. —Mr. Mervyn in his inn

IV. —The Fair-green of Palmerstown

V. —How the Royal Artillery entertained some of th neighbours at dinner

VI. —In which the minstrelsy proceeds

VII. —Showing how two gentlemen may misunderstand one another without enabling the company to understand their quarrel

VIII. —Relating how Doctor Toole and Captain Devereux wen on a moonlight errand

IX. —How a squire was found for the knight of the ruefu countenance

X. —The dead secret, showing how the fireworker prove to Puddock that Nutter had spied out the nakednes of the land

XI. —Some talk about the haunted house—being, as I suppose only old woman's tales

XII. —Some odd facts about the Tiled House—being a authentic narrative of the ghost of a hand

XIII. —In which the rector visits the Tiled House and Doctor Toole looks after the Brass Castle

XIV. —Relating how Puddock purged O'Flaherty's head— chapter which, it is hoped, no genteel person will read

XV. —Æsculapius to the rescue

XVI. —The ordeal by battle

XVII. —Lieutenant Puddock receives an invitation and a ra over the knuckles

XVIII. —Relating how the gentlemen sat over their claret and how Doctor Sturk saw a face

XIX. —In which the gentlemen follow the ladies

XX. —In which Mr. Dangerfield visits the church of Chapelizod and Zekiel Irons goes a-fishing

XXI. —Relating among other things how Doctor Toole walke up to the Tiled House, and of his pleasant discourse wit Mr. Mervyn

XXII. —Telling how Mr. Mervyn fared at Belmont, and of a pleasan little dejeuner by the margin of the Liffey

XXIII. —Which concerns the grand dinner at the King's House, an who were there, and something of their talk, reveries disputes, and general jollity

XXIV. —In which two young persons understand one another better perhaps, than ever they did before, without saying so

XXV. —In which the sun sets, and the merry-making is kept u by candle-light in the King's House, and Lily receives warning which she does not comprehend

XXVI. —Relating how the band of the Royal Irish Artillery played and, while the music was going on, how variously differen people were moved

XXVII. —Concerning the troubles and the shapes that began to gathe about Doctor Sturk

XXVIII. —In which Mr. Irons recounts some old recollections abou the Pied-horse and the Flower de Luce

XXIX. —Showing how poor Mrs. Macnamara was troubled an haunted too, and opening a budget of gossip

XXX. —Concerning a certain woman in black

XXXI. —Being a short history of the great battle of Belmont tha lasted for so many days, wherein the belligerents showe so much constancy and valour, and sometimes one sid and sometimes t'other was victorious

XXXII. —Narrating how Lieutenant Puddock and Captain Devereu brewed a bowl of punch, and how they sang and discourse together

XXXIII. —In which Captain Devereux's fiddle plays a prelude t 'Over the hills and far away'

XXXIV. —In which Lilias hears a stave of an old song an there is a leave-taking beside the river

XXXV. —In which Aunt Becky and Doctor Toole, in full blow with Dominick the footman, behind, visit Miss Lily a the Elms

XXXVI. —Narrating how Miss Lilias visited Belmont, and saw strange cocked-hat in the shadow by the window

XXXVII. —Showing how some of the feuds in Chapelizod ware fiercer, and others were solemnly condoned

XXXVIII. —Dreams and troubles, and a dark look-out

XXXIX. —Telling how Lilias Walsingham found two ladies awaitin her arrival at the Elms

XL. —Of a messenger from Chapelizod vault who waited in th Tiled House for Mr. Mervyn

XLI. —In which the rector comes home, and Lily speaks he mind, and time glides on, and Aunt Rebecca calls a the Elms

XLII. —In which Doctor Sturk tries this way and that fo a reprieve on the eve of execution

XLIII. —Showing how Charles Nutter's blow descended, and wha part the silver spectacles bore in the crisis

XLIV. —Relating how, in the watches of the night, a vision cam to Sturk, and his eyes were opened

XLV. —Concerning a little rehearsal in Captain Cluffe's lodging and a certain confidence between Doctor Sturk and Mr Dangerfield

XLVI. —The closet scene, with the part of Polonius omitted

XLVII. —In which pale Hecate visits the Mills, and Charles Nutter Esq., orders tea

XLVIII. —Swans on the water

XLIX. —Swans in the water

L. —Treating of some confusion, in consequence, in th club-room of the Phoenix and elsewhere, an of a hat that was picked up

LI. —How Charles Nutter's tea, pipe, and tobacco-box wer all set out for him in the small parlour at th Mills, and how that night was passed in the hous by the church-yard

LII. —Concerning a rouleau of guineas and the crac of a pistol

LIII. —Relating after what fashion Doctor Sturk came home

LIV. —In which Miss Magnolia and Doctor Toole, in differen scenes, prove themselves Good Samaritans; and th great Doctor Pell mounts the stairs of the House by th Church-yard

LV. —In which Doctor Toole, in full costume, stands upon th hearth-stone of the club, and illuminates the compan with his back to the fire

LVI. —Doctor Walsingham and the Chapelizod Christians mee to the sound of the holy bell, and a vampire sits in th church

LVII. —In which Doctor Toole and Mr. Lowe make a visit a the Mills, and recognise something remarkable whil there

LVIII. —In which one of little Bopeep's sheep comes home again and various theories are entertained respecting Charle Nutter and Lieutenant Puddock

LIX. —Telling How a Coach Drew Up at the Elms, and Two Fin Ladies, Dressed For the Ball, Stepped in.

LX. —Being a Chapter of Hoops, Feathers, and Brilliants and Bucks And Fiddlers.

LXI. —In Which the Ghosts of a By-gone Sin Keep Tryst.

LXII. —Of a Solemn Resolution Which Captain Devereux Registere Among His Household Gods, With a Libation.

LXIII. —In Which a Liberty Is Taken With Mr. Nutter's Name and Mr. Dangerfield Stands at the Altar.

LXIV. —Being a Night Scene, in Which Miss Gertrude Chattesworth Being Adjured By Aunt Becky, Makes Answer.

LXV. —Relating Some Awful News That Reached the Village and How Dr. Walsingham Visited Captain Richard Devereu at His Lodgings.

LXVI. —Of a Certain Tempest That Arose and Shook th Captain's Spoons And Tea-cups; and How the Win Suddenly Went Down.

LXVII. —In Which a Certain Troubled Spirit Walks.

LXVIII. —How an Evening Passes at the Elms, and Dr. Toole Make a Little Excursion; and Two Choice Spirits Discourse and Hebe Trips in With The Nectar.

LXIX. —Concerning a Second Hurricane That Raged in Captai Devereux's Drawing-room, and Relating How Mrs. Iron Was Attacked With a Sort Of Choking in Her Bed.

LXX. —In Which an Unexpected Visitor Is Seen in th Cedar-parlour of The Tiled House, and the Story o Mr. Beauclerc and the 'flower de Luce' Begins T Be Unfolded.

LXXI. —In Which Mr. Irons's Narrative Reaches Merton Moor.

LXXII. —In Which the Apparition of Mr. Irons Is Swallowed i Darkness.

LXXIII. —Concerning a Certain Gentleman, with a Black Patc Over His Eye, who made some Visits with a Lady in Chapelizod and its Neighbourhood.

LXXIV. —In Which Doctor Toole, in His Boots, Visits Mr. Gamble and Sees an Ugly Client of That Gentleman's; an Something Crosses an Empty Room.

LXXV. —How a Gentleman Paid a Visit at the Brass Castle, an There Read A Paragraph in an Old Newspaper.

LXXVI. —Relating How the Castle Was Taken, and How Mistres Moggy Took Heart Of Grace.

LXXVII. —In Which Irish Melody Prevails.

LXXVIII. —In Which, While the Harmony Continues in Father Roach' Front Parlour, A Few Discords Are Introduced Elsewhere and Doctor Toole Arrives in The Morning With Marvellous Budget of News.

LXXIX. —Showing How Little Lily's Life Began To Change Int a Retrospect; And How on a Sudden She Began To Fee Better.

LXXX. —In Which Two Acquaintances Become, on a Sudden Marvellously Friendly In The Church-yard; and Mr Dangerfield Smokes a Pipe in the Brass Castle and Resolves That the Dumb Shall Speak.

LXXXI. —In Which Mr. Dangerfield Receives a Visitor, and Make a Call.

LXXXII. —In Which Mr. Paul Dangerfield Pays His Respects an Compliments At Belmont; Where Other Visitors Als Present Themselves

LXXXIII. —In Which the Knight of the Silver Spectacles Makes th Acquaintance Of The Sage 'black Dillon,' and Confer With Him in His Retreat.

LXXXIV. —In Which Christiana Goes Over; and Dan Loftu Comes Home.

LXXXV. —In Which Captain Devereux Hears the News; and Mr Dangerfield Meets An Old Friend After Dinner.

LXXXVI. —In Which Mr. Paul Dangerfield Mounts the Stairs of th House by The Church-yard, and Makes Some Arrangements.

LXXXVII. —In Which Two Comrades Are Tete-a-tete in Their Ol Quarters, and Doctor Sturk's Cue Is Cut Off, and Consultation Commences.

LXXXVIII. —In Which Mr. Moore the Barber Arrives, and the Medica Gentlemen Lock The Door.

LXXXIX. —In Which a Certain Songster Treats the Company To Dolorous Ballad Whereby Mr. Irons Is Somewhat Moved.

XC. —Mr. Paul Dangerfield Has Something on His Mind, an Captain Devereux Receives a Message.

XCI. —Concerning Certain Documents Which Reached Mr. Mervyn and the Witches' Revels at the Mills.

XCII. —The Wher-wolf.

XCIII. —In Which Doctor Toole and Dirty Davy Confer i the Blue-room.

XCIV. —What Doctor Sturk Brought To Mind, and All Tha Doctor Toole Heard At Mr. Luke Gamble's.

XCV. —In Which Doctor Pell Declines a Fee, and Doctor Stur a Prescription.

XCVI. —About the Rightful Mrs. Nutter of the Mills, and Ho Mr. Mervyn Received The News.

XCVII. —In Which Obediah Arrives.

XCVIII. —In Which Charles Archer Puts Himself Upon the Country.

XCIX. —The Story Ends.
This work published before January 1, 1923 is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.