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This revised edition released in modernized the novel by introducing cell phones, texting and the Internet; "Why don't those girls call ?
Antiquated usages like "Mother" were also updated, but what I was thrilled to find preserved was a sense of Gothic d The first Young Adult novel I've read as an adult is Down a Dark Hall, the supernatural mystery by Lois Down a dark hall first published in Antiquated usages like "Mother" were also updated, but what I was thrilled to find preserved was a sense of Gothic dread that reaches back to the early 20th century and beyond, where haunted manors, creepy headmistresses and raving lunacy were the top existential threats to teenage girls.
The story begins with sixteen year old Kit Gordy being driven through the countryside by her new stepfather and her newly remarried mother, who are off to honeymoon in Europe while Kit is enrolled at Blackwood School for Girls. A city girl, Kit is despondent at being dumped in the sticks and separated from her best friend, who applied to the same boarding school but did not pass the entrance exam.
Arriving in Blackwood Village, Kit's stepfather receives directions from a gas station attendant, as well as some exposition: Pulling onto the grounds of Blackwood School, Kit senses something evil under the eaves.
The headmistress, Madame Duret, welcomes Kit, who has arrived a day ahead of the other students. Kit's apprehension is initially soothed by the decor of her private room, which is furnished with antique comforts including a canopy bed.
Above all, Kit doesn't want to ruin her mother's honeymoon by making a scene. Joining Madame Duret for dinner, Kit is introduced to Professor Farley, who teaches math and science and the headmistress's dashing son Jules, who teaches music.
Kit is alarmed that along with Madame Duret, the languages and literature instructor, this is the entire faculty. After a night of restless sleep, exacerbated by a door that only locks from the outside and a forebodingly dark corridor outside, Kit meets the school's cook Natalie, who she learns will be preparing food for the entire student body.
Even stranger, the townie has been instructed not to converse with the student body. Kit finally locates the first of her classmates, a shy redhead named Sandra Mason. The girls watch a limousine drop off two more students--a blonde beauty later introduced as Lynda Hannah and a mousy brain named Ruth Crowder.
The gates to the property are sealed and Kit gets the sinking realization that they are the only students enrolled at the school. Kit is awakened by a shriek from Sandra's room. Braving the dark corridor, Kit finds Sandra's door locked, which should be impossible if she's behind the door.
Kit forces her way inside the chilly room where Sandra is troubled by a nightmare in which she imagined a woman standing over her bed. Returning to Kit's room for the night, they realize that they both had psychic experiences as children--Kit being visited by her father the morning he was killed in a traffic accident, Sandra receiving a premonition of her parents disappearing over the Caribbean.
Kit is confident that Lynda and Ruth were both enrolled by Madame Duret, and not her friend, due to similar experiences. Strangeness is afoot at Blackwood School For Girls. Lynda discovers she can sketch a detailed portrait. Kit catches Jules listening to a piano composition she knows she's heard somewhere, even though the headmistress's son tells Kit he doesn't know it.
Natalie confides that Mr. Brewer, the previous owner of the house, lost his family in a fire and withdrew from village life until he lost his mind.
Madame Duret notifies the girls that Natalie has quit. Kit is confident that something sinister is going on. Isolated at the school fifteen miles from the village without Internet and with their handwritten letters going unreturned, the girls have no choice but try to survive until Christmas break.
To a critical thinker, Down a Dark Hall is one of the most implausible books I've ever read keep in mind it's my first foray into Young Adult fiction.
Even by the standards of the day it was originally published, it's difficult to accept that parents would enroll their little princesses in an uncredentialed boarding school overrun by ghosts, particularly one where their daughter is unable to contact them by phone, fax or email.The Hall remained with the Redmond family until the mids when the Irish Confederate Wars saw the castle repeatedly attacked and eventually seized as part of the Cromwellian confiscations.
Down A Dark Hall () is a novel for young adults by Lois Duncan. It is a supernatural / suspense novel and is the only gothic fiction she has written.
It tells the story of a girl who was sent to a boarding school by her parents where only four students were admitted including herself.
Sep 01, · Down a Dark Hall has 5, ratings and reviews. Joe said: The first Young Adult novel I've read as an adult is Down a Dark Hall, the supernatural mys /5. Down a Dark Hall and millions of other books are available for instant access.
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A new student at an exclusive boarding school confronts the dark powers of its head mistress.