The House of Dies Drear
Great-grandmother had turned and, not looking back, slowly walked to her house. At the steps she held up her arm in a wave. Thomas hadn't needed to say anything. Within that wave was everything between them. (1.26)
The house was a relic with secret passageways and rooms. In Civil War times it had been one of the houses on the Underground Railroad system. (2.4)
"Are there a lot of old people?" asked Thomas. "I mean in the town – old ones who remember everything and talk a lot, like Great-grandmother always did?" (2.65).