The Little Stranger

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Summary

Ivy, a woman who seems to love children, writes to her deceased cousin about "little strangers" who come to her house.

Analysis

  • Ivy is a plant sacred to Wicca.
  • Ivy frequently uses a bicycle. This may be a reference to Elmira Gulch, the woman who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West in Dorothy's dream in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz.
  • When Ivy writes "called" she qualifies it with "(phoned)". She has other ways of calling.
  • Danny or Daniel has been used by Wolfe for evil spirits before , such as Daniel O'Donoghue (of Domdaniel) in A Cabin on the Coast.
  • Wolfe has used the Hansel and Gretel theme before. See In the House of Gingerbread.

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