Friday, April 22, 2016

(RNL List #89) "Terrible Divination" by Alexander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky (Russia)



Rating: 2 out of 3

This is the story of a young officer in love with the wife of another man. He is desperate to have her for his own; so desperate in fact, that he accepts the assistance of a 'mysterious stranger' who almost miraculously assists him getting what he wants.

Very soon, however, the officer realizes that what one wants may never be worth the price to be paid...

In brief, the story was very interesting...until the final denouement. For the most part, the tale was suspenseful, eery, and the 'mysterious stranger' in particular was very captivatingly written. All of this having been said, the last few pages were a bit of a disappointment. Its a shame, and I do wish B-M has been able to give this fine short story a more deserving ending.

All in all, however, the story is still worthy of a solid 2/3.

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