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A school Story by M.R James- very short detective story 500 words

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.Two men were talking of their school days ‘At our school, said A, We had a ghost ‘s footmark on the staircase ‘But you never tell with little boys. Then he narrated the story of the house in Berkeley Square >There was the man who heard a noise in the passage at night .,he saw someone crawling towards him on all fours with his eye hanging out on his cheek The room where a man was found dead in bed with a horseshoe mark .on his forehead ,and the floor under the bed was covered with marks of horseshoe also Also there was the lady who on locking her bedroom door in a strange house ,heard a thin voice say,’ Now we ‘re shut in for the night ‘But you never heard of a real ghost at a private school ?’ Thirty years ago in the Thames valley having so many gardens, which was used for games also. The school was a large one there must have been from 120 t0 130 boys. A new teacher named Sampson said he had felt very unwell and told us we might go .” that day was a half-holiday and the next day Sampson was in school again We -Mcleod and I slept in a dormitory at night Sampson slept in the main building on the first floor At an hour, sometime between one and two ,I was woken up by somebody shaking me It was McLeod ‘Come ,he said ‘Come there is a burglar getting in through Sampson’s window .”Come and look .’ he said. There was a man sitting or kneeling on Sampson’s window -sill, and looking in perhaps he was becoming ‘We went on talking in whispers and eventually crept back to bed we did sleep a bit afterward, but we were very cheap next day .’And next day Mr. Sampson was gone .not to be found The sequel to this may perhaps be reckoned highly conventional but a sequel there is , and so it must be produced .-one such listener was staying at a country house in Ireland . One evening his host was turning over a drawer full of odds and ends in the smoking-room Suddenly he put his hand upon a little box and said,” Tell me what that is ?;’Odd enough was the answer ‘You know the new thicket in the shrubbery well, a year or two back we were cleaning out the old well and what do you suppose we found ?'”Amongst the rags of the clothes that were on one of the bodies. One body had the arms tight round the other. They must have been there thirty years or more You may judge we filled the well up Do you make anything of what’s cut on that gold coin you have there ?”I think I can say my friend holding it to the light. It seems to be G .W .S 24 July 1865.

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