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Mystery at Grange House

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 6:08 PM
Subject: Mystery at Grange House
To: chantal.c.lee@gmail.com

Recently we visited Grange House and we were intrigued about Mary O’Shea. Who was this lady and more importantly what made her do the things she did? As I understand from Molly, our tour guide, she came to work as a maid at the Grange House, from Ireland when she was only 17 years old. I don’t know exactly for how long she was employed by the house owner, but I assume for quite a long time as she became Head of the Servants at one point. As I tried to understand her emotional and psychological state of mind at the time she came to work at Grange House, I was caught in a web of questions without a definitive answer. Her behaviour is most intriguing. Making those globules filled with various things from grocery products to personal items as hair and nail clippings makes me think that she was not only trying to belong but mystical as well. Collecting various things and going to such lengths to hide them is a behaviour you see, very often, in orphanages and children who are living on the streets. Probably she was trying to make herself comfortable in a big and strange house, knowing that those little globules hidden in various parts of the house are bearing things that are very close and intimate to her. I guess she felt more safe and emotionally attached to the house as she was making more and more of those globules. But she doesn’t stop here. In time she developed the ability to use wax for bigger items like the big bone and braid of hair. Now probably, as the time is passing, with her parents dead and the guilt of not being able to rescue them in time she turns to mysticism.

As I would like to continue with my opinions about Mary and her strange habits, I have to stop here and ask you to tell me where can I find out more about the discoveries regarding Mary O’Shea.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my e-mail and I hope I’ll hear from you soon.

mariana puia

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