“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth”. – Arthur Conan Doyle

Uriah” comes up from the Roman tunnels, that place north of the river on Wapping Wall, he looks as “Dickens” has described him, “writhing and discourteous”. He’s speaking before her feet can move, the frosty air seeping from his twisted and thin lips. “You’ve dreamed again, haven’t yu “Eve”, bout that place, I heard yu singing about it, while yu did service to the lad’s. The service makes her shiver, the large bodies close to hers, eyes blurred, the smell of death and Opium on their breath, the reaper coming forth. The reaper coming forth.

From the Private papers of A.C. Doyle (a synopsis) – Saturday, June 7, 1890

She sings like crystal, with her eyes stark bare, looking towards something above us all that’s maybe in darkness there. The chandelier turns above her swaying but will not fall, my Louisa claims there’s soft skin writhing in each glass tear shaped swollen areola bare. I’m amiss at my judgment to think this maiden is earth, something turns with her vocal’s that makes my loins burn with thirst. My friend Stoker should be here to witness of what we see, the east enders crying before the angel of super naturality. All around the Haymarket, the air is so thick, her majesty, Victoria, asleep in her mist, of wonder that weaving, while this phantom sings. Evangeline oh poet, in me the hounds of Baskerville scream.

An act in two parts, she says between stanzas and times, she works magic in cunning, between high notes that climb. This lady from Whitby that knows all my mind, her wanton eyes searching, above north, for ladders I shall never climb. The fates have done risen, in graveyards sublime, her soft cockney voice inviting the audience, those around me so refined. It seems I can’t think straight, the melody is like a web, I look over at my Louisa she’s not breathing as if dead. The song of a night bird, falls around my company. Evangeline in her movements, what is she, I wonder what is she?

Her gown is luminous liquid, that runs high from her thighs, the gasp in the theatre, when her arms sway from side to side. Her enchanting voice, with lilt and so fine, and then she lowers her tones, all the world is entwined. Oh, magic sweet magic, from where does she arrive, I wonder of her outcome, this night so divine.

The chandelier lowers, calling deep unto deep, she mounts it, with her voice rising and touching. Her tenderness, comes in rushes, and I a doctor who have seen the arctic cold, cannot explain her frozen touches. Her frozen tender touches. And she rest me, and all torment becomes beauty, while she sings.

Uriah” comes up from the Roman tunnels, that place north of the river on Wapping Wall, he looks as “Dickens” has described him, “writhing and discourteous”. A different time perhaps, as all times are different. Sail me home to Whitby, Evangeline whispers. Her frozen breath crosses things unseen.

They pass the Roman tunnels; that place from long ago. The crypts sail by in the damp air. She looks at Uriah, “that was a long time ago she whispers, a long time ago”. “Aye, he says, all is different now, still, he says, still…. – 09.15.2017 – דָּנִיֵּאל


65 thoughts on “Evangeline

  1. So many of the places you write of in this piece I am familiar with. With the sad events that have occupied London this week, and over the past couple of years, this was a pleasant escape into the city that I romance in and think wonderfully of. Thank you Daniel.


  2. Swearingen does it again, well at least in my way of looking at it. This “Whitby Lady” is my favorite, I think at least because they are all so wonderfully made. I enjoyed the reference to Sir Arthur, one of my favorite 19th century authors.


  3. Dear Evangaline,
    I await your arrival in Whitby,
    Though it’s cold, it shan’t be long ’til I feel your frozen warm song.
    All Ladies of Whitby should hear you, anon.
    I’ll weave you a gown, of liquid if you wish, or of some fabric
    Magic, of chandelier crystals with eiderdown
    And you will be warm, finally, my love, come along!


  4. Daniel!
    Wonderful piece, and Evangeline is an excellent addition to the Whitby Ladies.
    Now, there is song in Whitby.
    I need to start again at the beginning, and reread them all. As I had returned, after many Ladies already here in Whitby, I want to visit all the magic collected, again.
    After which, it may take a bit of time, I’ll write you a letter, possibly, but not necessarily in rhyme.
    Weaver of magic cloth and maker of gowns


    • Dear Resa, you gladden my heart with your comment. I think you are the most marvelous person, and placing you in Whitby was the most natural thing, I have ever done. My wish for you is that you dream of it, and it possesses your life for you do belong there. Naturally. Thank you for letting me write you a Whitby Lady.


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  6. Oh my. I’m a big fan of Conan Doyle and that saying. His father spent some time in a local asylum here. I loved that for the time he carried his stories forward often with dialogue. I wanted to use one of lines as a quote in one of my books. it was the ones about the devils agent yet being flesh and blood but there were problems in terms of the hoops his estate wanted jumped through. So my then publishers said. Thrust them as far as I could throw hem through a hoop. So I love how you’ve done this intro and have woven past writers and characters right into the world you have created here. And always there’s there’s Whitby looming in this underbelly

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    • There is a famous author who lives close to me here in Colorado, by the name of Dan Simmons. One of his books named “Drood” incorporates Charles Dickens and a couple of other authors of the time in the most interesting way. I like his style and would like to follow it more often if possible in longer pieces. I love the shadowy side of the Victorian period. I know I am going to like your historical fiction, very very much. Thank you for reading and your wonderful comment.

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