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Two young women and their elderly uncle live in an isolated, grand old estate after the rest of the family was poisoned by arsenic six years previously. The uncle is disabled now because of the effects of the arsenic, and the older sister Constance takes care of him. The younger sister, Mary Katherine, is eighteen years old, and she is the narrator of the story.
Constance and Uncle Julian never leave the property, so Mary Katherine, also known as Merricat, walks into the village every week to buy supplies, get new books at the library, and stop at the coffee shop. She knows she is not welcome in the village and she quietly tolerates the taunting received from children and adults alike. It's clear from Merricat's thoughts that she is a very strange girl. When others tease her she imagines them dead on the floor and she is very superstitious.... View more of the We Have Always Lived in the Castle Summary
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