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Ghost Story Review: "The Tapestried Chamber" by Sir Walter Scott

General Richard Browne (as one Miss S. calls him) has just returned from the American War, or what we on this side of the Atlantic refer as the American Revolution. After Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, it was time to go home.

He meets an old school friend who has just come into an inheritance and a title. They’re happy to see each other. The friend, now Lord Woodville, invites him to spend a week at his estate, relaxing, hunting, doing whatever he likes with him and a group of friends. It’s just what the general needs.

When Browne arrives, Lord Woodville says with the house so full, they’re a little short on rooms. He gives Browne an old small old room and wishes him good night.

In the morning, the group meets for breakfast. The general doesn’t show. Lord Woodville is about to send a servant up to the room when then find him coming down the road.

“Ah,” he tells his friends, “an old soldier’s habit. Up long before he needs to be.”

But Browne looks like he’s been through the mill. And he says he has to leave. He’s arranged for fresh horses to bring him back to London.

Lord Woodville takes him aside to show him the view from a veranda. What happened?

This is an old-fashioned ghost story and one can’t help but feel sorry for poor discombobulated General Browne who really does need at least one good night’s sleep. There are not too many surprises, though and little atmosphere building so I think most people will find the story unsatisfying.

Sir Walter Scott was an early 19 th century writer, poet and playwright. He’s best remembered for novels such as Ivanhoe . In addition to writing, he earned his bread and butter as a lawyer.


Title: “The Tapestried Chamber; or, The Lady in the Sacque” first published in The Keepsake for 1829 Oct. 1828

Author: Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Source: ISFDB



Last review: "Hypnos" by H. P. Lovecraft

Last ghost story review: "No. 252 Rue M. le Prince" by Ralph Adams Cram


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Feisty56 wrote on November 20, 2015, 5:53 PM

Perhaps Sir Walter Scott penned this story before he honed his writing skills.

msiduri wrote on November 20, 2015, 6:01 PM

Hard to say. I think this was just a weaker effort.

Rufuszen wrote on November 21, 2015, 3:52 PM

I had heard he cut his teeth on this kind of story before moving on to better things!

msiduri wrote on November 21, 2015, 5:09 PM

I think you might be right. This is not a bad story per se. I rather like old ghost stories. But I think modern audiences will lose patience.