Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Take Them Down, Burn Them!"

"The Poisoned Tapestries."
By Elizabeth W. Champney (1850-1922).
First appearance: Munsey's Magazine, September 1894.
Short short story (7 pages).
Online at UNZ (HERE).

It could be the perfect murder—death by remote control—with the killer a thousand miles away when the victim painfully draws his last breath. That's how it's supposed to go, any-how, but life has this knack of getting in the way . . .
- In her day Elizabeth (Lizzie) Champney's novel series were quite popular, especially with young children and girls, but she also wrote for adults; see Wikipedia (HERE), the ISFDb (HERE), and the Online Books Page (HERE); info about Cardinal Borromeo, around whom

our plot persistently revolves, is (HERE). FictionMags credits her with several dozen shorter pieces running from the 1870s to the early 1900s.

The bottom line: "Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy — in fact, they are almost incompatible; one emotion hardly leaves room for the other."
   ― Heinlein

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