The Gipsy

  • Short Story
  • 1933

A man’s phobia of gypsies comes to a head, when his recurring nightmares become all too real… From The Hound of Death and The Golden Ball and Other Stories.

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Dickie Carpenter has a phobia of gipsies stemming from a terrifying childhood encounter. When his fears come back to haunt him should he be frightened or could they prove to be his salvation?

Gypsy warnings loom over this tale of a man afraid of fate. The title uses the old English spelling of the word, Gipsy. This story also explores a theme that interested Agatha Christie throughout her life – that of the psychic.

The story was first published in book form in the Oldhams Press edition of The Hound of Death in 1933, available only by collecting coupons from a magazine entitled The Passing Show. It was first published in the US in the 1971 collection The Golden Ball and Other Stories. It was adapted for TV in the series The Agatha Christie Hour in 1982.

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