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The Shell of Sense
Olivia Howard Dunbar (1873–1953)

From American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to the Pulps
The ghost of a dead woman watches her husband and begins to realize that her marriage was not what it seemed.

Dunbar at Mark Twain Dinner. . . During all our life together, Allan’s and mine, he had spared me, had kept me wrapped in the white cloak of an unblemished loyalty. But it would have been kinder, I now bitterly thought, if, like many husbands, he had years ago found for the story he now poured forth some clandestine listener; I should not have known. But he was faithful and good, and so he waited till I, mute and chained, was there to hear him. So well did I know him, as I thought, so thoroughly had he once been mine, that I saw it in his eyes, heard it in his voice, before the words came. And yet, when it came, it lashed me with the whips of an unbearable humiliation. For I, his wife, had not known how greatly he could love. . . .

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Photograph from Mark Twain’s 70th birthday dinner at Delmonico’s, New York, December 5, 1905. Olivia Howard Dunbar is in the center, behind the table. A photograph was taken of each table—170 guests in all—and Harper’s reproduced the images in a special souvenir album.

Missed Last Week’s Story?
Mary Bedinger Mitchell, “A Woman’s Recollections of Antietam”
A twelve-year-old girl was one of the overwhelmed amateur nurses for thousands of soldiers wounded during the Battle of Antietam.
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