Thursday, September 15, 2011

"The Mummy's Foot"

"The Mummy's Foot", by Théophile Gautier
(in Humorous Ghost Stories, compiled by Dorothy Scarborough)

This story seems out of place in a collection of supposedly humorous ghost stories.  At least, I didn't find it particularly amusing.  I think it will only truly interest those who are deeply enamored of ancient Egypt or those looking to supplement their vocabularies with some new words.  Unfortunately, most of those new words will probably be almost useless today, as even the built-in Kindle dictionary didn't recognize most of them. Then there's the ending.  Apparently it's meant to be a surprising, gasp-worthy moment, but it's glaringly obvious instead.  I was not impressed. (Skip it.)