So the whole plot of Wolfenbach depends on Matilda’s determination to visit the haunted wing of the castle.

Despite the warnings of Joseph and Bertha the old retainers in the castle, of Albert her servant, of Pierre and Jacqueline the neighbours that the whole castle is haunted, despite the rattling of chains and the mysterious lights at the window, despite the story of the blood stained chamber and the strange writing engraved on the glass. Despite all these Matilda ventures to explore the locked chambers of the castle.

If she hadn’t done so she would never have met the countess, and her story would have been over by page 10.

Sometimes a heroine just has to take charge

Toyah Willcox takes the heroine’s route in Jarman’s Tempest

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