The Woman in Black

by

Susan Hill

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Samuel Daily is the first Crythin Gifford local Arthur meets on his way north. After connecting on the train and realizing that Arthur will be handing the Drablow estate, Samuel offers the young lawyer his card in case of emergency. Though Arthur thinks the gesture strange—and thinks Samuel’s unwillingness to engage in conversation about Eel Marsh House even stranger—he accepts the card, not knowing how important Samuel will become to him. As Arthur’s stay in Crythin Gifford unfolds, he learns that Daily is a newly moneyed landowner who is buying up several properties in town. Despite his affluence and desire to acquire land, Daily refuses to touch Eel Marsh House. When Arthur goes to Daily’s manor for dinner, Daily attempts to dissuade him from returning to Eel Marsh, but Arthur does not heed the man’s advice. As a compromise of sorts, Daily offers Arthur the company of his little terrier, Spider. After Arthur and Spider get into even more trouble at Eel Marsh, Samuel comes to their rescue, and shelters Arthur as he recovers from the physical and emotional trauma of his frightening time in the haunted house.

Samuel Daily Quotes in The Woman in Black

The The Woman in Black quotes below are all either spoken by Samuel Daily or refer to Samuel Daily. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Woman in Black published in 2011.
Chapter 4 Quotes

It was true that neither Mr. Daily nor the landlord of the inn seemed anything but sturdy men of good common-sense, just as I had to admit that neither of them had done more than fall silent and look at me hard and a little oddly, when the subject of Mrs. Drablow had arisen. Nonetheless, I had been left in no doubt that there was some significance in what had been left unsaid.

Related Characters: Arthur Kipps (speaker), Samuel Daily, The Landlord
Page Number: 38
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"Well," I said, "if he's buying up half the county I suppose I may be doing business with him myself before the year is out. I am a solicitor looking after the affairs of the late Mrs. Alice Drablow of Eel Marsh House. It is quite possible that her estate will come up for sale in due course."

For a moment, my companion still said nothing, only buttered a thick slice of bread and laid his chunks of cheese along it carefully. I saw by the clock on the opposite wall that it was half past one, and I wanted to change my clothes before the arrival of Mr. Keckwick, so that I was about to make my excuses and go, when my neighbor spoke. "l doubt," he said, in a measured tone, "whether even Samuel Daily would go so far."

Related Characters: Arthur Kipps (speaker), Samuel Daily, Keckwick
Page Number: 52-53
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Chapter 8 Quotes

"It seems to me, Mr. Daily," I said, "that I have seen whatever ghost haunts Eel Marsh and that burial ground. A woman in black with a wasted face. Because I have no doubt at all that she was whatever people call a ghost, that she was not a real, living, breathing human being. Well, she did me no harm. She neither spoke nor came near me. I did not like her look and I liked the… the power that seemed to emanate from her toward me even less, but I have convinced myself that it is a power that cannot do more than make me feel afraid. If I go there and see her again, I am prepared."

"And the pony and trap?"

I could not answer because, yes, that had been worse, far worse, more terrifying because it had been only heard not seen and because the cry of that child would never, I was sure, leave me for the rest of my life.

I shook my head. "I won't run away."

Related Characters: Arthur Kipps (speaker), Samuel Daily (speaker), The Woman in Black / Jennet Humfrye
Related Symbols: Pony Traps
Page Number: 99-100
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Chapter 11 Quotes

[…] I had been growing more and more determined to find out what restless soul it was who wanted to cause these disturbances and why, why. If I could uncover the truth, perhaps I might in some way put an end to it all forever.

But what I couldn't endure more was the atmosphere surrounding the events: the sense of oppressive hatred and malevolence, of someone's evil and also of terrible grief and distress. […] But I was worried, not wanting to leave the mystery unexplained and knowing, too, that at the same time someone would have to finish, at some point, the necessary work of sorting out and packing up Mrs. Drablow's papers.

Page Number: 138
Explanation and Analysis:

The door was ajar. I stood, feeling the anxiety that lay only just below the surface begin to rise up within me, making my heart beat fast. Below, I heard Mr. Daily's footsteps and the pitter-patter of the dog as it followed him about. And, reassured by their presence, I summoned up my courage and made my way cautiously toward that half-open door. When I reached it I hesitated. She had been there. I had seen her. Whoever she was, this was the focus of her search or her attention or her grief—I could not tell which. This was the very heart of the haunting. […] It was in a state of disarray as might have been caused by a gang of robbers, bent on mad, senseless destruction.

Page Number: 140
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Samuel Daily Character Timeline in The Woman in Black

The timeline below shows where the character Samuel Daily appears in The Woman in Black. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3: The Journey North
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The man, realizing he and Arthur are heading into a deeper conversation, introduces himself as Samuel Daily . Daily tells Arthur that when someone lives in such a place as Eel Marsh... (full context)
Chapter 4: The Funeral of Mrs. Drablow
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Samuel Daily takes Arthur to the Gifford Arms in his shining, spacious car. As he drops Arthur... (full context)
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...witchy character. Despite his attempts to reassure himself, Arthur senses that because the landlord and Mr. Daily both reacted oddly to the mention of Mrs. Drablow, there must be “some significance” in... (full context)
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...stuffy funeral garb, the farmers make him feel right at home. One tells Arthur that Samuel Daily purchased a very big parcel of land at the auction earlier—Daily is a large landowner,... (full context)
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...solemnly speaks up and warns him that Arthur will not find anybody in town—not even Samuel Daily —who will have anything to do with Eel Marsh House, or any of Mrs. Drablow’s... (full context)
Chapter 8: Spider
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...is hardly paying attention to where he’s going, and nearly steers his bike straight into Samuel Daily ’s motor car. (full context)
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Samuel Daily lowers the window and asks Arthur if he has been out to Eel Marsh; Arthur... (full context)
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Arthur arrives at Samuel Daily ’s house for dinner and is impressed by the imposing estate. He thinks that both... (full context)
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After dinner, Mrs. Daily goes up to bed, and Arthur and Samuel Daily drink port and whiskey in the study. As Daily pours Arthur’s first drink, he warns... (full context)
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Unable to change Arthur’s mind, Samuel Daily offers to have his driver bring Arthur back to the inn; Arthur says he prefers... (full context)
Chapter 11: A Packet of Letters
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...he opens his eyes; he is propped up on the couch in the parlor, and Samuel Daily ’s concerned face is looming over him. Arthur sits up, but the room spins, and... (full context)
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Samuel Daily hands Arthur a glass of water and confesses that he was so worried about Arthur... (full context)
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...begins walking around the room in an attempt to get his bearings. He confesses to Samuel Daily that he is grateful to leave the house and all the papers within it behind—though... (full context)
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...looking back down the passageway to the nursery, where the door is ajar. Reassured by Samuel Daily ’s presence downstairs, Arthur peers inside. The room is in a state of disarray “as... (full context)
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Arthur climbs up into Samuel Daily ’s pony trap, and Daily sets Spider on Arthur’s lap. As they move across the... (full context)
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...at the Daily house, Arthur finds that a large room has been prepared for him. Samuel Daily helps Arthur to bed and lets him sleep for the rest of the morning. Spider... (full context)
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...by the force of the ghost’s emotions, and determines to relay the full story to Samuel Daily after dinner. (full context)
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...in the study after supper, Arthur finishes illuminating the tale of Eel Marsh House to Samuel Daily . He confesses that though it has been just a few days since he arrived... (full context)
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Arthur feels that Samuel Daily is holding something more back—perhaps more information about the house and the Drablow family. Arthur... (full context)
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Samuel Daily reveals that after giving her child to her sister, Jennet became inconsolable. She took up... (full context)
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...now that Mrs. Drablow, the object of Jennet’s hatred, is dead, the hauntings will cease. Samuel Daily , however, continues on with his story. (full context)
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Wherever the woman in black has been seen, Samuel Daily says, there has been “one sure and certain result”—after a sighting, a child in town... (full context)
Chapter 12: The Woman in Black
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...they visit him in London. As Arthur and Stella head for the train station in Samuel Daily ’s car, Arthur reflects on a question he asked Daily just before leaving. He asked... (full context)
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...after their marriage, Stella gave birth to a son whom they named Joseph Arthur Samuel. Samuel Daily was the child’s godfather; they saw Mr. Daily in London often, but never spoke of... (full context)