Lady Van Tassel
I lived with my father and mother and my sister
in a gamekeeper's cottage not far from here... Until one day, my father
died, and the landlord who received many years of loyal service from my
parents... evicted us. No one in this God-fearing town would take us in...
because my mother was suspected of witchcraft... She was no witch, but
I believe she knew much that lies under the surface of life... and she
schooled her daughters well while we lived as outcasts in the Western
Woods. She died within a year... and my sister and I remained in our refuge,
seeing not a soul... until, gathering firewood one day, we crossed the
path of the Hessian...I saw his death, and from that moment...I offered
my soul to Satan if he would raise the Hessian from the grave to avenge
Lady Van Tassel: Against Van Garrett, who evicted my family, against Baltus Van Tassel who, with wife and simpering girlchild, stole our home. I swore I would make myself mistress of all they had... The easiest part was the first - to enter your house as your mother's sick nurse and put her body into the grave, and my own into the marriage bed. Not quite so easy was to secure my legacy... but lust delivered Reverend Steenwyck into my power. Fear did the same for the Notary Hardenbrook. The drunken Philipse succumbed for a share of the proceeds, and the Doctor's silence I exchanged for my complicity in his fornications with the servant girl Sarah...
Lady Van Tassel: No, my dear -- you do, by your father's will. But I get everything in the event of your death. This pretty bauble, which I so kindly gave you to wear, has done it's work. My sister, by the way, sadly passed away... quite recently.
Lady Van Tassel: She brought it upon herself.. .) -- by helping you and your master! You are just in time to have your head sliced off! The Horseman comes. And tonight he comes for you!
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