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The Woman in Black
by Susan Hill
The Woman in Black Chapter 4 Summary
The Funeral of Mrs. Drablow When Arthur reaches Crythin Gifford, Sam drops him off at the hotel and tells him to call him if he ever needs anything. Arthur is all like, "Psh, I won't need anything," but little does he know… At the hotel, Arthur gets settled in and tries to talk to the innkeeper about Mrs. Drablow, but he's not having any of it. Come to think of it, everyone's a little tight-lipped about the whole Drablow affair. Arthur figures that the townsfolk are backwards hicks who think that old Mrs. Drablow was a witch. Judgmental, much? He goes to sleep and wakes up the next morning blissfully unaware of what's going to happen next. Dun, dun, dun… When he gets back to the hotel from a morning stroll, Mr. Jerome, Mrs. Drablow's agent, has left a note saying that he'll be by shortly to pick up Arthur for the funeral. Field trip! Almost no one is at the service (guess Mrs. Drablow wasn't very popular), but Arthur sees a young woman who is dressed all in black and seems to be dying from some terrible disease. Oh, and there's also a row of unsmiling children lined up outside the gate at the funeral. That's not weird at all, right? Kids do that kind of thing all the time. But when he brings up the creepy lady with Mr. Jerome, Mr. Jerome is not pleased. Actually, he insists that he didn't see a woman at all and kind of freaks out when Arthur keeps claiming that he did. This goes on for a while, with Arthur, who apparently can't take a hint, talking about the woman and Mr. Jerome denying having seen her. When they get back into town, Mr. Jerome says that he won't take Arthur to Eel Marsh House. At lunch, Arthur hobnobs with some locals. When he talks about Eel Marsh House, one guy says that no one will ever buy that house—but won't tell him why. So it's off to Eel Marsh House to find out some answers for himself.
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