Exham Priory, following the rats in the walls pdf of his only son as a result of injuries sustained in the First World War. To the dismay of nearby residents, he restores the Priory. After moving in, the protagonist and his cat frequently hear the sounds of rats scurrying behind the walls.
Upon investigating further and through recurring dreams involving a “swineherd” who resembles the narrator, he learns that his family maintained an underground city for centuries, where they raised generations of “human cattle”—some regressed to a quadrupedal state—to supply their taste for human flesh. He is subsequently subdued and placed in a mental institution. At least one other investigator, Thornton, has gone insane as well. Soon after, Exham Priory is destroyed and the investigators decide to cover up the existence of the city. The narrator maintains his innocence, proclaiming that it was “the rats, the rats in the walls”, who ate the man. He continues to be plagued by the sound of rats in the walls of his cell.
His first name is not mentioned. He changes the spelling of his name back to the ancestral “De la Poer” after moving to England. Alfred Delapore: The narrator’s son, born c. He goes to England as an aviation officer during World War I, where he hears stories about his ancestors for the first time. He is badly wounded in 1918, surviving for two more years as a “maimed invalid”. Edward Norrys: A captain in the Royal Flying Corps during World War I, Edward Norrys befriends Alfred, and amuses him by telling him the “peasant superstitions” surrounding his family’s history, which Norrys picked up in his native Anchester. He is described as “a plump, amiable young man”.
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