“The Wife of Usher’s Well” Summary


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The Wife of Usher’s Well


A woman at Usher’s Well sends her three sturdy sons overseas but they are all drowned shortly after departure and news of the drowning is brought to her. By her magic power, she compels their return and they come back about Martinmass wearing hats made of the birch that grows at the gates of paradise.  Their mother feasts them and then sits down by their bedside as they sleep. At dawn, the sons have to go back to where they came from and the youngest takes farewell of his mother and his home and of an attractive young maidservant.