"the shade of the great beeches"
Beech trees in spring
GNU Free Documentation LicenseBeech trees in spring - Credit: Malene Thyssen

The beech tree, a native of the south of England, is an ancient Celtic symbol for the written word. In a ghost story which explores the idea of textual productions as spectral entities that haunt both their characters and their readers, it is highly apposite that the tale is first relayed in the shadow of these majestic trees.