The Oblong Box is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, first published in 1844.
The narrator of The Oblong Box, while on a packet-ship journey from Charleston, South Carolina, to New York City, becomes unusually curious about an oblong pine box that is kept in the state room of an old school acquaintance, Cornelius Wyatt…
A very inquisitive unknown narrator tells the story of his voyage, where one of the passengers brings a mysterious extra baggage, an oblong box to the board. Our narrator is quite sure about the content of the box…
This point, therefore, I considered as sufficiently settled. I chuckled excessively when I thought of my acumen.
Of course he is mistaken, and not only about the box, but about the reason behind the passengers’ behavior.
The mystery is pretty obvious from the beginning, but the narration is brilliant and very entertaining.
My conclusion, from what I saw and heard, was, that, the artist, by some unaccountable freak of fate, or perhaps in some fit of enthusiastic and fanciful passion, had been induced to unite himself with a person altogether beneath him, and that the natural result, entire and speedy disgust, had ensued. I pitied him from the bottom of my heart…