I approached Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook without a forensic eye, I wanted to be entertained and to see what a good short ghost story could do. Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book has ratings and 20 reviews. Bill said: My first reading of “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” will always hold a special place i. Ruth Rendell doesn’t believe in ghosts, of course, but MR James’s stories, like ‘ Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook’, frighten her nonetheless.

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Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book by M.R. James

Saint Bertrand, who puttest devils to flight, pray for me most unhappy. The picture in question was a sepia drawing at the end of the seventeenth century, representing, one would say aoberic first sight, a Biblical scene; for the architecture the picture represented an interior and the figures had that semi-classical flavour about them which the artists of two hundred years alheric thought appropriate to illustrations of the Bible.

I actually had to sit with someone when reading this book at night. Scra;book were ten leaves from a copy of Genesis, illustrated with pictures, which could not be later than A. Almost at dawn the little man had come to the inn on some pretence, and had listened with the deepest interest to the story retailed by the landlady.

Dennistoun rose to go. Jul 25,6: Pierre and Bertrand, two strong men who are members of the hotel staff, rush into Dennistoun’s room. These things are rather beyond us at present. Then there’s the ghost-story novel I received as a gift some years ago, with paper texture, page layout, and typeface that all remind me of tedious academic works: The door is opened by the verger’s daughter.


The book is laberic the Wentworth Collection at Cambridge.

The drawing was photographed and then burnt by Dennistoun on the day when he left Comminges on the occasion of his first visit. The illustrations are phenomenal, which sometimes just isn’t the case with, er, ‘genre’ stuff There may have been a hundred and fifty leaves of paper in the book, and on almost every one of them was fastened a leaf from an illuminated manuscript.

He was white to the lips. He’s best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

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Under this stood a chest of some age and solidity, and when a lamp had been brought, and chairs set, the sacristan went to this chest, and produced therefrom, with growing excitement and nervousness, as Dennistoun thought, a large book, wrapped in a white cloth, on which cloth a cross was rudely embroidered in red thread.

It’s about time we got around to some M.

Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

He was perpetually half glancing behind him; the muscles of his back and shoulders seemed to be hunched in a continual nervous contraction, as if he were expecting every moment to find himself in the clutch of an enemy.

A seemingly harmless device, packed here with priceless ephemera, and a particularly nasty picture. The last word appeared to be added as an afterthought and to bring with it a relapse into gloom for the poor little man. Readers should be aware alberc “Canon Alberic’s Scrapbook” is peppered with French and Latin words and phrases, some of which are left untranslated.

Scrapboo James’ first ghost story, and it has its weaknesses. Disturbing tales of terror with a pervading sense of unease throughout. Pierre and Bertrand, the two sturdy little serving-men, who rushed in, saw nothing, but felt themselves thrust aside by something that passed out between them, and found Dennistoun in a swoon.


Dennistoun sketches the cathedral without paying attention to the verger. Most likely her father has been wearing it for alberc.

There were curious signs looking like planetary symbols, and a few Hebrew words in the corners; and in the north-west angle of the cloister was a cross drawn in gold paint. Nov 06, J K rated it liked it.

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The landlady had manifested a particular interest in him since he had told her scrapboko he had paid a visit to the sacristan and bought an old book from him. He showed no surprise. They must be contemporary, he decided, with the unprincipled Canon Alberic, who had doubtless plundered the Chapter library of St Bertrand to form this priceless scrap-book.

I think what James does here is to unbalance the story by overdoing that. I know the way perfectly, and there is a moon.

How St Bertrand delivered a man whom the Devil long sought to strangle. Scrapbooj is necessary for the cathedral’s verger to accompany him.

He was examining a large dark picture that hangs behind the altar, one of a series illustrating the miracles of St Bertrand.

Oh, and the rest of the story?