“The Library Window” by Margaret Oliphant

By Frederick Augustus Sandys (1829-1904) – National Portrait Gallery, London, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8715174

This suggestive ghost tale was first published in Blackwood’s in 1896, and has been reprinted many times since. Oliphant was a prolific Scottish writer whose works usually appeared under the byline “Mrs. Oliphant”, as was common at the time.

This classic tale wasn’t used in Weird Women mainly due to length (and to the fact that we already had a number of other ghost stories), but we still love it and are happy to share it here, with our annotations.