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.
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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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