Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance by M.R. JamesI really liked the way James captured the sights and smells and sounds of nature within the maze. In fact, I thought this entire story was very interesting and easy to get into. Except the ending is kind of strange; it comes out of nowhere, and it only left me feeling disappointed.
I have to say, that by this stage of revisiting Jamess stories, Im finding it hard to call myself as much a fan as I formerly have done. They all just seem to be getting a little repetitive at the moment, and none of them really end up going anywhere. They lack the dramatic punch of one like Poe or Bierce.
Mr. Humphreys and his Inheritance
Date Format Short story. Document Item Type Metadata Illustration. Text About fifteen years ago, on a date late in August or early in September, a train drew up at Wilsthorpe, a country station in Eastern England. Out of it stepped with other passengers a rather tall and reasonably good-looking young man, carrying a handbag and some papers tied up in a packet.
Title card for the British television adaptation of "Mr. Humphreys and his Inheritance". Humphreys and his Inheritance" is a short ghost story by the British author M. It was first published in as part of the anthology More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. It is the longest of M.
James canon. Essentially, this is a Jamesian ghost story by numbers, despite the pleasing motif of the maze the inheritance of the title. Indeed, the fundamental problem with the story is that the maze qua maze is largely incidental to the narrative. Thus it is a surprise that anybody thought the story worth adapting. Or rather it would be were it not rather a peculiar dramatisation, designed not as a work in its own right but as a means to demonstrate the use of incidental music for dramatic effect in television, complete with an introduction from the composer himself. This is rather ironic when you consider that one of the defining aspects of the Ghost Story for Christmas adaptations, for example, is the very sparseness of their scores.