The Invisible Girl by Mary Shelley
Narrated by Mark Saintonge, The Invisible Girl is the Gothic tale of a young woman, Rosina, living in Wales with a guardian, who, in a moment of pique, casts her out of their home. As in a typical Gothic framework, the story is conveyed by a third-person narrator. This narrator, seeking refuge from a rainstorm while walking along the coast of Wales, is invited in to what appears to be a ruined tower by the elderly housekeeper. Intrigued by a painting above the fireplace titled The Invisible Girl, the housekeeper satisfies the visitor's curiosity by relating the full story of Rosina and her adventures as her fiancé searched for her.
First published by The Keepsake in 1833, this story is one of several that Shelley wrote for the British literary annual. To learn more about Mary Shelley's colorful life and writing career, view the following biographical video.