The Demon Lover

The Demon Lover

?The Demon Lover,? by Elizabeth Bowen, is a story about Kathleen Drover and a promise that she makes twenty-five years before. Kathleen goes to her old house in order to collect a few belongings, and she finds a letter inside the house with her name on it. It discusses an arranged meeting between herself and someone whom she shares an ?anniversary? with. She begins to think, all the while becoming more and more cautious and afraid. She becomes frantic, and plans to leave the house and find a taxi so that she can return to the house and take the driver inside with her, so that she can collect the items that she needs. When she finds a taxi, she sits in the back seat, only to discover that the driver of the car is the man she is trying to escape from. He drives off ?into the hinterland of deserted streets.? The central idea is that when people make promises, escaping from those promises is not always possible.
Kathleen is obviously a naive girl when she is younger. She meets a man who pays attention to her, and she becomes fixated with him.

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