A Gift from the Beloved (Synopsis)

Clark Ashton Smith

A woman dies, willing her skull to her sweetheart on condition that he should keep it always with him. He is gradually transformed into a morbid neurotic; and one day he is found stark mad, kissing the teeth of the skull, after having decked it with a ^lace nightcap^ [bonnet and ribbons].

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