“Houses, much like people, have a public and a private identity…” Elizabeth Brooks on the way old houses stimulate the novelist’s imagination. I note that all the examples of writers inspired by old houses Brooks offers–Agatha Christie, Charlotte Brontë, Daphne du Maurier–are women. Is it the tradition/expectation/training of domesticity that leads women to find inspiration in old houses, fascination in the hidden places in houses. Brooks mentions attics. Cellars, hidden rooms, closets offer potential as well.