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A Beautiful Death

The Fullness of Life  by Edith Wharton  (1891)

Tuesday’s Tale of Supernatural   July 3,  2018

[“The Wicket of Paradise,” by American illustrator Howard Pyle]


“I have sometimes thought that a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms: there is the hall, through which everyone passes going in and out; the drawing room, where one receives formal visits; the sitting room, where members of the family come and go as they list; but beyond that, far beyond, are other rooms, the handles of whose doors perhaps are never turned; no one knows whither they lead; and in the innermost room, the holy of holies, the soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes.”

This is the voice of our narrator, who has died. She meets the Spirit of Life and enters Eternity. Written in beautiful details about real life and the poetries of life, the story takes us into the afterlife to explore love, desires, and the search for a soulmate. This quiet little supernatural tragedy is an unflinching observation into how the soul loves and the search for a soulmate. A story that will haunt you long after you’ve read the last lines.

When reading the quote above—and after reading this story—do you agree “that a woman’s nature is like a great house full of rooms,” with a private chamber that houses her soul? What kind of love holds a marriage together? Wharton is masterful at scratching our thoughts. Please comment!


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Edith Wharton said of her early stories that “all were written at the top of my voice, and The Fullness of Life is one long shriek.”

Wharton broke through the tight societal strictures to become one of America’s greatest writers. Author of The Age of Innocence, Ethan Frome, and The House of Mirth, she wrote over 40 books in 40 years, books of poetry and nonfiction. She was the first woman awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Wharton has 17 short story collections.

I am an incorrigible life-lover & life-wonderer & adventurer.”


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Cryptal Twilight, Wharton Style

The Fullness of Life   by Edith Wharton (1890s)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror  December 1, 2015




“The soul sits alone and waits for a footstep that never comes.”

For this short fiction, take a step back. Let the words flow and yourself move with the story into the mystical beyond. Who among us takes death lightly? In Wharton’s account in The Fullness of Life we have a story of an unfulfilled marriage. When the wife dies, and she dies fully conscious (an amazing description!), she travels to the ‘other side’ of our worldly existence and meets the Spirit of Life.





Here she expects to find her highest fulfillments.  To join her soul mate, perhaps? Wharton raises the question, do soul mates exist here in our physical world or elsewhere? And much more in this rich story of love, death, and the beyond. The prose is beautifully written, slightly ornate, and very much in the Wharton style of intelligent and mysterious elements. Death and literature make a stunning combination. Edith Wharton died at the age of 75 in France. She won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and wrote over 40 books in 40 years.


























Read The Fullness of Life at EastOfTheWeb.com.

Listen to the audio (30 minutes) at AudioLiteratureOdyssey.




Ethan Frome is probably Wharton’s most famous novel.  Ethan and Zeena in a bleak domestic struggle set against a wicked New England winter. Love, romance, betrayal. Starring Liam Neeson and Joan Allen. A masterpiece!

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