The Second Chance
"Now, tell me, Swithens, old boy. If you had the second chance to rectify a past mistake, would you take it?"
"Um, that depends largely upon whether it is really true or not, Carlyle."
"I see. Listen to this closely. I have a tale to tell you. About four years ago, in Northern Kent, a distant cousin of mine had chanced upon a seemingly very old book. It was bound very curiously, neither in leather nor in paper. He was strangely attracted to this book and brought it home with him that night. One night in August that year, he was reading a page from that book and his sister, who was his junior by two years, walked into the room. Suddenly at the recital of some words from that book, she fell upon the floor and screamed as though she had gone mad. She rolled wildly on the floor, like someone in great agony. Finally, he stopped reading and shut the book, shocked at his sister's behavior. Then, she seemed to have changed totally from her former self; she tr