WHH Short Fiction: “In the Wailing Gully”

Review: “In the Wailing Gully”, William Hope Hodgson, 1913.

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This is an enjoyable if lightweight romance.

The narrator is an artist who catches the eye of the local Betsy Dunton, a beautiful 17-year old girl. He is a painter and hears, from Betsy, that the locals are always looking for a sunken treasure in the area that, actually, she and her father have already found.

The story concludes with Betsy, her father, and the narrator confronting a group of men after the treasure.

Mr. Dunton seems to have known the narrator since Betsy recognizes the narrator from a portrait of his father in their home.

I liked the flirtation of Betsy. Naturally, this being Hodgson, narrator is a physically fit man.

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