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Posted on: November 26th 2015

The Woman in Black

Woman in blackAs part of their studies in English, the Upper Third travelled to London to watch The Woman in Black.

Thank you to Ellen Dromard for her fantastic review:

Susan Hill is an English author, who writes fiction and non-fiction novels. Her novels include The Woman in Black, The Mist in the Mirror, and I’m the King of the Castle for which she received the Somerset Maugham Award in 1971.

On Thursday 26th November the Upper Third went to a play of her novel, the Woman in Black.

It was both exhilarating and frightening, thrilling and tragic. It made you jump and it made you look over your shoulder at night; but sometimes it deceived you ,the way it was written made you think something was going to happen but then, nothing. The way it was written was chilling and full of emotion.

Susan Hill uses many techniques to enhance her imagery in the novel which was portrayed in the play; she uses the Dickensian technique to make you feel on edge and fearful. She also uses contrast, this is one of the ways Susan Hill makes you think something is going to happen but then, nothing. She portrays Arthur as normal which makes the story more believable and relatable to the reader.

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor from London, gets sent away by his boss Mr. Bentley to Crythin Gifford to take care of the late Mrs. Drablow and her paper work. When he arrives to the Gifford arms he is pleasantly surprised. The next day, after a pleasant night he attended Mrs. Drablow’s funeral with Mr. Jerome and he saw a hooded figure with a wasted face. Her skin was stretched over her bones, she was wearing dated black clothes but after the funeral was over she had disappeared. When he confronted Mr. Jerome he was silent and left much detail out of his short explanation. Now it is clear to him the villagers are hiding a terrible secret. Keckwick came to take Mr. Kipps to Eel Marsh House in a pony and trap, on the way Mr. Kipps enjoys the views of the marshes and farms surrounding Eel Marsh House. His confidence growing, he decides to stay the night at Eel Marsh House a decision he will later regret.

The graveyard, the Woman in Black. There she is again. Mr. Kipps runs to the house and starts work to take his mind off of it. Bed. A restless night, at four in the morning Keckwick comes back and picks Mr. Kipps up. They travel along the Nine Lives Causeway back to Crythin Gifford and the Gifford Arms. After a walk later in the morning Arthur Kipps is ready to finish his work at Eel Marsh House. He returns. But this time with a companion at his side….

This great novel has a lot of detail in it. It captivates you; and you can't put it down! Susan Hill’s ‘The Woman in Black’ is a great read that every one will enjoy! But the play was even better! you were constantly looking behind your shoulder, but you couldn't take your eyes away from the stage, it was captivating, a great experience.