The Apple Tree: A Ghost Story for Christmas
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This one's one of du Maurier's psychological-horror tales, which begins with a man who's living a peaceful, happy life following the death of his wife. At first we see the relationship through his eyes, and the wife seems to have been annoyingly passive-aggressive - but as the story proceeds we learn more about how their relationship began and the ways in which he withheld affection or even rudimentary interest, to the point of breaking the poor woman... The title refers to a drooping and unproductive apple tree that reminds him of his wife, and which he wants to have cut down - but the gardener points out new blossoms and urges him to wait and see if the tree bears fruit this season. And so it does, but the fruit - which others seem to find perfectly fine - tastes awful to the man, increasing his hate and fear of the tree and all it represents. Whether the conclusion is due to actual ghostly interference or simply the results of a guilty man's own actions can be left for the reader to decide.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
I left this book, bagged against the elements, in the Special Delivery geocache in Amherst, NH; hope someone enjoys it!
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*** Released for the 2021 Decemberish holidays challenge. ***
*** Released for the 2021 D for December challenge. ***