20th century,  General Fiction

The Escort by Daphne DuMaurier

The Escort is quite a short short-story sharing the eerie tone of the rest of the stories.

Basically, it is the story of a ship threatened by a German submarine and how they are offer the escort of another English ship. What I liked the most is that the characters are not the main protagonists of the story. I felt that the sea and the German threat were more powerful characters. This may be due to the story’s length but it just felt perfect and the story was as scary and eerie as other short stories.

I don’t want to give anything away, obviously! But this is a great short story for a dark, winter evening. It would be incredibly appealing to those of you who like the sea but at the same time find it a captivating and misterious place. I am one of those people who feel drawn towards the sea but I’m incredibly respectful of its power and dangers. Also, the story is very English: the English navy played a key role in history and they still have this wonderful respect for sailors and the sea (all of them deconstructed in The Sealed Letter).


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