If the thought that I may die and leave my darling, or that my darling may die and leave me, comes like a spectre, to distress my happiest hours, and is only to be drowned in —’
When I thought of the airy dreams of youth that are incapable of realization, I thought of the better state preceding manhood that I had outgrown; and then the contented days with Agnes, in the dear old house, arose before me, like spectres of the dead, that might have some renewal in another world, but never more could be reanimated here.
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From where I sit on the field, he’s a bizarre specter, so frail and ashen.
Sabaa Tahir -- An Ember in the Ashes
It was my father, standing on my doorstep like some awful specter summoned by my hatefulness.