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  • Literary Period: Gothic
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 9
  • Approx. Reading Time: 12 minutes
Short Fiction

The Striding Place

During a pleasant August in the countryside of Yorkshire, a group of aristocrats enjoy a leisurely vacation at the start of the bird-hunting season. One night, a young man named Wyatt Gifford wanders off alone into the wilderness and disappears. His friend Weigall heads into the woods to investigate the disappearance. When Weigall arrives at a rapid section of the River Wharfe known as “The Strid,” he senses ghostly presences all around him. He suddenly spies in the rushing current a remarkable vision: a pale hand reaching up out of the water. Written in 1896, Gertrude Atherton’s “The Striding place” is both an intriguing meditation on the soul’s destiny after death as well as a chilling ghost story. Most chilling of all, perhaps, is that Atherton based the story on the real history of human fatalities at the Strid, a place that continues to take lives.

  • Annotated Full Text
  • Literary Period: Gothic
  • Publication Date: 1896
  • Flesch-Kincaid Level: 9
  • Approx. Reading Time: 12 minutes