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In Touraine, there is an allegedly true story of a large, beautiful house, which had stood empty for many years.
No one would buy or rent it because it was believed to be haunted by a young, female suicide victim.
One day a stranger, ignorant of these stories, bought it, but the ghost raised such an uproar that he was unable to sleep.
Then a brave soul came forth, betting that as an unbeliever he could spend the night in the house unharmed. The next morning, he was found to have hanged himself.
On Friday, October 5, Richard Moore will lead a study morning on ghost stories; they will not be as macabre as this one, but his talk will be fairly comprehensive, ranging from Pliny’s letter to Licinius Sura, crediting a ghost report, to the views of people such as Samuel Johnson, Philip Marchand and G K Chesterton.
It’s at the William Elder Building in Castlegate, from 10am to 1pm. Tickets cost £9 and can be bought at the door.
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Our Film Studies course at The Maltings continues on Wednesday, October 10. Roger Mitchell discusses melodrama as a development of German Expressionism in a talk entitled Society, Identity and Hidden Desires.
It will be followed by a screening of Fassbinder’s classic Fear Eats The Soul, which resonates very strongly in today’s society.
Tickets cost £12 and are available on our website at www.berwickea.co.uk or at The Maltings box office.
There are only two more chances to take Maria Chester’s guided tour of the Spirited exhibition at The Granary Gallery, and one today Thursday, October 4, at 1pm. Tickets, £3, can be bought at the door. Meet on the second floor of The Granary, outside the gallery.