This three-act play was written in 1907, reworking the tale Covering End which was in turn reworked from the one-act comedy Summersoft to be the ‘white magic’ complement to The turn of the screw in The two magics (1898).

If you are interested in comparing the three texts, you can do so with my parallel texts edition, but please note that your browser will need to run JavaScript and you probably need a minimum 1024 × 768 display, with the browser window maximized, to be able to see enough of each text to make it worthwhile. Try it and see!

For details of the text source and the chosen playscript layout see my note about the text. Otherwise just start reading.