“Jocelyn’s Escape”

Review: “Jocelyn’s Escape”, Arthur Machen, 1891.

Cover by Matthew Jaffe.

With this story, Arthur Machen bid farewell to writing society tales.

It’s the story of how Jocelyn, a prosperous 27-year old lawyer, narrowly escapes his wife finding out about his adultery. 

One of his law clerks mistakenly gives his wife a note intended for his lover, and his lover shows up at his office later than expected and conveniently avoids meeting Jocelyn with his wife. 

At the end of the story, it seems Jocelyn will be ending his affair.

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