How the Bishop Sailed to Iniskeen


  • First publication
    • Spirits of Christmas, 1989
  • Wolfe collection(s)

Wolfe's comments from the Introduction to Innocents Aboard

"There really are islands like the one in 'How the Bishop Sailed to Iniskeen' off the coast of Ireland, islands with ruined monasteries on them. It's hard for us to understand how happy monks are, for the most part. Yet they are, and pity us, and pray for us."


A ghost story about a bishop's visit to a remote Irish island.


  • Sources of quotes
  • Meanings of names
  • References to other works
  • Theories about what happens under the surface, what the narrator isn't telling us, who the narrator is and when and why s/he is telling the story, what the whole thing "means," etc.
    If there are multiple or competing theories, each one should be given a name with a three-bang (!!!) header; if the page begins to get out-of-hand from the size of these, as could happen in a few cases, they should be shuffled off to their own page(s).
  • Etc.

Unresolved Questions

  • Was it A or was it B, or was it X or Z?
  • Was it he or was it she, or was it you or me?
  • Who dunnit?
  • Did the Star Child really start WWIII at the end of 2001?

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