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The conventional ghost-story attention to footsteps on the staircase is inverted and intensified; the legacy of Sheridan Le Fanu is adapted to the spiritual conditions of systematic bereavement and impersonalised killing. The horror of the blitz was the absence of weapons: people fell down dead, killed either by explosions of air or by the components of their dwellings. This chapter discusses the notion that, under the blitz, Londoners came together in an amalgamating way, people wishing to be a people in some tribal and bond-reinforcing way. The indefinite article attempts to inscribe this wish, but visibly relies on italic emphasis. Other images for the condition either reflect the earlier Wordsworthian allusion to earth's dense maintenance of the dead or repeat a feature of Stella Rodney and Robert Kelway's earlier union.

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Irish literary history through Balzac, Sheridan Le Farm, Yeats and Bowen


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