"C'est le Grand Abîme, voyez-vous -- fini!"
"In Miss Broster's short stories there is ... a lot of kick. I refer more particularly to 'Clairvoyance' and 'The Promised Land;' either of which should have established the author as a really first-rate horrifier; a petticoated Poe."
"should have been the one shining oasis in the sand of a dull life, and instead it been but a bitter mirage"
because "Everything that Caroline touched lost its charm, its beauty, its freshness." From Siena the plan is to travel to Florence, which is "to Ellen's expectation the crown of all their seeing," but she knows instinctively that Caroline will ruin the experience. That night, sleeping under a mosquito net, she realizes that she must have some breathing space and listens to the mosquito that begins to talk to her all through night. While this one has nothing of the supernatural about it, it's still one of the most powerful stories in the book, since sometimes the earthly horrors we face are far, far worse than their unearthly counterparts.
the author, Dorothy Kathleen Broster