"In the dark it was easy to imagine terrible things. In the dark it was easy to be afraid, to draw ghosts from listing doors and gaping floors, but hadn't they chosen her for her imperviousness to such foolishness? Of course they had. They had laughed and clapped and devised this chilling plan for the children in the feeble light of the October dusk and she had known then it would be unnerving but had known too she could bear it. After all those years of solitude, of social ineptitude, there was nothing left that could frighten her. But how thrilling the idea of frightening them..."