We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Had to read this book in high school back in the dark ages when we had a lot of required reading of old "classics". I'll have to read it again as much of it has slipped my mind. Isn't the house in Salem Mass.? Boy, I never realized I learned so much in literature class until I got old. Thank you Sarah Stokes.
Read it in high school. A language professor in college who gave us a one-day lecture on Jung and literature said that the house was the classic example of the Jungian archetypal symbol of the evil, smothering mother.
Think about all the supermarket novels you have seen with a young woman or a couple running away from an old house.
Located in the mountains east of Lake Como, Villa De Vecchi, more commonly called “Red House”, is a 19th century mansion built by Count Felice De Vecchi in the tiny hamlet of Bindo. For decades now, the historic, once opulent, building has been derelict, abandoned to total degradation.
Legend has it that a ghost lives in the villa and that it plays the piano every night.
Count De Vecchi was the head of the Italian National Guard and a patriotic hero for his role in the Five Days of Milan, an insurrection in 1848 that led to Milan’s liberation from Austrian rule. Enamored of the Valsassina valley near Lake Como, he ordered the construction of the villa between 1854 and 1857 to serve as his summer residence. The villa is located within a 130,000-square-meter park, surrounded by woods; its architecture was inspired by the count’s passion for Eastern culture.
According to one of the many legends associated with the villa, its decay began after the count found his wife and daughter horribly murdered. Not true. The building was abandoned and fell into disrepair after De Vecchi’s death. https://www.vintag.es/2018/10/villa-de-vecchi-house.html