Natural Events: 'The Demon Lover';
The events in Elisabeth Bower's 'The Demon Lover'; can be explained naturally. The story being as vague as it is leads most to concur with the title of the story and imagine that there is a supernatural aspect in the story. In the short story, Kathleen has returned to her home in London that has been abandoned during the bombing of World War II. She is not expected, yet she finds a letter addressed to her on a table in the hallway. Twenty-five years has past since the leaving of her former lover during World War I. Kathleen's lover is had been presumed dead after months of being missing in action and she has moved on. She is now married to a William Dover and living the countryside with her immediate family. What had she promised her lover those 25 years earlier? Was he stalking her when he was missing in action? How did the letter get to the house and on the table? Who was the taxi Driver when Mrs. Dover is drove off screaming? Let us explore the possibilities of these events.
The promise made to the lover by Kathleen is unclear. It may have been too upsetting for Kathleen to think about or even remember at that time. Like her lover's face, the promise may have been forgotten. She may have gone to the house the day she had promised to meet him subconsciously. She was suppose to wait for her lover's return, yet she got married to another man. There is an impulse to think that no matter what she belongs to the cold-hearted lover of hers. Whatever the promise was it must have been bleak for her to feel as if she was lost or forsworn to the promise. She had made a promise that would make him a part of her no matter what she did to get rid of him.
He lover was so sure that he would return to her on the day of his departure. When Kathleen says that he is going far away, he replies, ' Not so far as you think.'; If he were going to war, he would not say he was not going far away and would not be certain he was going to make it back. Her lover could have been stationed close by or he could have went AWOL and stalked Kathleen. If the person driving the taxi was Mrs. Kathleen Dover's former lover he must have stalked her or had some else stalk her to know where she was staying. When Mrs. Dover feels a draft from the basement she feels like someone is in the house and just left through a window. The person in the taxi could have already been in the house at the...