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The place on my arm seems worse, and troubles me!' the young farmer's wife went OIL 'It is so mysterious! I do hope it will not be an incurable wound. I have again been thinking of what they said about Conjuror Trendle. I don't really believe in such men, but I should not mind just visiting him, from curiosity - though on no account must my husband know. Is it far to where he lives?' In 1922 the majority of railways in Great Britain were amalgamated into four. The N.C.R. was taken over by the L.&S.W.R. which in turn was absorbed by the Southern Railway along with the GW.R. The NCR was formally wound up on 6th March 1923, more than two months after the L.&S.W.R. had amalgamated with the L.B.&S.C.R. and the S.E.&C.R.. But all was not over. Two days after, a shadow intruded into the window-pattern thrown on Rhoda Brook's floor by the afternoon sun. The woman opened the door at once, almost breathlessly. The bulk of his work, set mainly in the semi-fictional land of Wessex, delineates characters struggling against their passions and circumstances. Hardy's poetry, first published in his 50s, has come to be as well regarded as his novels, especially after The Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Rhoda Brook slept no more that night, and when she went milking at the next dawn they noticed how pale and haggard she looked. The milk that she drew quivered into the pail; her hand had not calmed even yet. and still retained the feel of the arm, She came home to breakfast as wearily as if it had been supper-time.

a b c d e f g Wilson, B.G. (September–October 1949). "The North Cornwall Line of the Southern Region" (PDF). The Railway Magazine. Vol.95, no.583. pp.326–329 . Retrieved 29 October 2008. Life continued much the same under the auspices of the Southern Railway, with on-going development of Padstow Harbour and some lengthening of passing loops to accommodate the ever longer holiday trains, which returned to the line in 1924, and which were the line’s lifeblood. Goods traffic was never that good, lots of variety but not in large quantities. There was slate from Delabole, fish from Padstow, rabbits from Camelford, Otterham and Tresmeer but the hoped-for agricultural traffic that had been anticipated and was so important on many another line never really materialised. The bulk of the ex-Southern network, however, survived into the 1950s and beyond; the transfer of control from the Southern to the Western Region did not bode well and, during the 1960s, most of the lines – culminating in the closure of the lines to Ilfracombe and Okehampton in 1970 and 1972 respectively – disappeared. Today, passenger services are restricted generally to the Barnstaple and Gunnislake branches but there are hopes that other lines may be restored. O, merciful heaven!' she cried, sitting on the edge of the bed in a cold sweat; 'that was not a dream - she was here!'


The Great Western Railway (GWR) already had a station at Launceston, opened in 1865, and the North Cornwall Railway station was built adjacent to it. At Wadebridge, the line joined with the Bodmin and Wadebridge line; the original station had been expanded when the GWR line from Bodmin was opened in 1888. From Halwill the line describes a loop turning from north to south west; it runs downhill at gradients of 1 in 74 and 1 in 82 [4] to join the valley of the River Carey, following this down for nearly 10 miles (16km) to cross the River Tamar just east of Launceston, the first station actually in Cornwall. From a summit at Otterham, 800 feet (244m), the line descends into the upper reaches of the Camel valley, passing through Camelford Station over 2 miles west of Camelford town and then leaving the valley for a gentle climb to the coastal uplands.

A similar use of the supernatural to build psychological effects is seen in “The Fiddler of the Reels.” The Fiddler is Wat or “Mop” Ollamoor, a veterinary surgeon whose pastime is playing the fiddle at inns, parties, and fairs. Although the men of the area do not care much for him, he seems to have an almost magical power over women when he plays. There is, in fact, something slightly satanic in his character; he “had never, in all likelihood, entered a church at all. All were devil’s tunes in his repertory.” One woman who is particularly affected by his playing is Car’line Aspent, who finds herself forced to dance whenever Mop Ollamoor plays, no matter what she is doing or thinks she desires. She is so caught up by the fiddler that she even detects his footsteps on the road by her house when he is on his way to visit another woman. Her passion is such that she finally rejects the marriage proposal of her former lover, Ned Hipcroft: “He could not play the fiddle so as to draw your soul out of your body like a spider’s thread, as Mop did, till you felt as limp as the withywind and yearned for something to cling to.” She was now five-and-twenty; but she seemed older. 'Six 'years of marriage, and only a few months of love,' she sometimes whispered to herself. And then she thought of the apparent cause, and said, with a tragic glance at her withering limb, 'If I could only be again as I was when he first saw me!' The following day, Rhoda meets the real Gertrude, who turns out to be very kind and likable. However, Gertrude happens to relate that she began to feel a pain in her left arm in the middle of the previous night. She shows Rhoda her arm, where several bruises shaped like fingerprints have appeared. Over the coming weeks, Gertrude’s arm atrophies, and Lodge begins to find her disgusting. Gertrude asks Rhoda to take her to a shaman named Conjuror Trendle; she complies, fearing that Trendle will realize that she caused the disease and bring an end to their new friendship. Trendle creates an image of the source of the disease and shows it to Gertrude. The narrator does not describe the image; only that Gertrude immediately dislikes Rhoda. Rhoda soon moves out of the area with her son. Tras acabar de leer 'Tess de los d'Urberville', me quedé con ganas de seguir leyendo a Hardy y este cuento ilustrado fue el elegido.Camelford station (240m 56ch); [26] ( Cornish: Reskammel) ( 50°38′20″N 4°41′14″W / 50.6389°N 4.6871°W / 50.6389; -4.6871 ( Camelford station)) was situated more than 2 miles (3.2km) from the town "at a road junction in wild country almost devoid of trees". [27] The station had a passing loop with the station building (including canopy) and signal box on the up platform. Like the waiting shelter on the down platform, the buildings were constructed from local stone. As elsewhere on the line, no footbridge was provided. Cattle pens were provided on the single siding, with the goods shed on a loop between the siding and headshunt.

Hawken, Burnard; Platten, Hilary (1999). St. Kew. A second parish album. Burnard Hawken & Hilary Platen. She could feel her antagonist's arm within her grasp even now - the very flesh and hone of it, as it seemed. She looked on the floor whither she had whirled the spectre, but there was nothing to be seen. The Withered Arm and Other Stories is a collection of short fiction by English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. It consists of works produced between 1874 and 1888, each of which takes place in a fictional region of Britain called “Wessex.” The stories involve local folklore, superstition, and myth to build brief, yet complex character sketches of the unique people who live in Wessex. In making these characterizations, Hardy invokes a variety of genres, from ghost story to suspense. De haber sido una novela y no un relato, tal vez hubiera salido mejor. Thomas Hardy nos dibuja, como viene siendo costumbre en su obra, una tragedia rozando en lo bizarro, donde dos mujeres terminan por ser la perdición de la contraria. Lo gracioso, o no tanto, es que todo empieza por un hombre. Por su amor, más bien; y es que ese granjero próspero deja a su primera mujer para irse con una mucho más joven. Una chica preciosa, encantadora, que termina metida de lleno en lo que sólo podría describirse como una situación harto rara. On Friday afternoon one of the men brought it round. She was dressed, and before going down looked at her shrivelled arm. 'Ah!' she said to it, 'if it had not been for you this terrible ordeal would have been saved me!'

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a b c d Faulkner, J.N.; Williams, R A (1998). The LSWR in the Twentieth Century. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-8927-0. She named to him some of the hundred medicaments and counterspells which she had adopted from time to time. He shook his head. What was that noise in your chimmer, mother, last night?' said her son. 'You fell off the bed. surely?' From December 31st 1962 ( below) the Western Region trains from Launceston were withdrawn and the line closed as far as Lifton leaving the Southern Region along the North Cornwall line as sole train operator at Launceston. The North Cornwall Railway was a railway line running from Halwill in Devon to Padstow in Cornwall via Launceston, Camelford and Wadebridge, a distance of 49miles 67 chains (49.84miles, 80.21km). Opened in the last decade of the nineteenth century, it was part of a drive by the London and South Western Railway (LSWR) to develop holiday traffic to Cornwall. The LSWR had opened a line connecting Exeter with Holsworthy in 1879, [1] and by encouraging the North Cornwall Railway it planned to create railway access to previously inaccessible parts of the northern coastal area.

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