Funeral

FuneralWas there a specter at the funeral of local resident Mrs. Drablow? Anunexplained sighting of a mysterious woman in black has fuelled local legends ofDrablow hauntings.The late Mrs. Drablow, of Eel Marsh House, was a wealthy landowner andwell known reclusive.

Her funeral took place on the cold morning of November 6that Crythin Gifford parish church.Attending the burial service were Mr Jerome, the deceased’s propertymanager, and her young solicitor, Arthur Kipps, who had travelled from London.Towards the end of the service, on hearing a rustle in the near emptychurch, Mr Kipps turned and saw a mysterious female mourner. According to MrKipps:”She was quite alone, very erect and still and not holding a prayer book.She was dressed in deepest black, in the style of full moaning that had rathergone out of fashion.

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” While Kipps did not get a good look at her face, partlyhidden by a bonnet, he thought from her emaciated appearance she must besuffering from some terrible disease. Mr. Kipps went on to say ” Not only wasshe extremely pale, her eyes seemed shrunken into her head.”Kipps admitted he was moved that a woman who looked as if she might be atdeath’s door her self had made the effort to attend the funeral.He noted that the enigmatic women in black disappeared after the burial.

When Mr. Kipps inquired of Mr. Jerome as to her identity, the latter was deeplyshocked.”I did not see a young woman,” said Jerome.

She reappeared moments after Jerome had told Kipps that he had seen no-one, butagain was visible only to Mr. Kipps. Mr.

Jerome appeared to be in a state ofsome agitation, doubtless perturbed to think that the Drablow Ghost might beonce more manifesting itself.English