Anatomists become Murderers!
My oh my, what a tale! I was left gasping for breath by the end of it. The story was long and full of surprising twists and turns. Fettes immediately piqued my attention with his vices and unruly manner. His altercation with Macfarlane suggested that there was something big which had happened between them. The recounting of the dissecting-room activities was all too familiar for me, given that I am a medical student. I have also often wondered at the mental health of the people who maintain the dissecting-room and supply us with fresh bodies for studying. This story has left me chilled, and I will never look at dissection the same way again. Fettes and Macfarlane were both very strong and jocular students, who paired up to do the unholy task of provision of bodies. The horror of discovering Jane's body was amplified by the helplessness of Fettes. A promising student had been reduced to such a sorry state, and these emotions were later voiced by Fettes with great eloquence. The irony behind the use of the name "Gray" was not lost on me, and the singular terror of learning that Macfarlane had murdered Gray was the climax of the story. It was never stated, but so much had happened that I was able to deduce that the corpse was no one else but Gray. The escape from the graveyard was vividly described, and the terror of finding Gray instead of the woman made me scream. The style was wonderful and old, it left me craving for more classical reading. The vocabulary and expressionism was astounding. It was a beautiful story, and very deep.
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