Seven for a Secret Summary
by Charles de Lint

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Seven for a Secret Summary

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

In "Seven for a Secret," collected in Moonlight and Vines, de Lint spins a fairy tale that takes place in an unnamed city, perhaps in his fictional Newford, his partly Canadian, partly American city that is the setting for many of his tales, although the story's mention of "Devil's Night" may be an allusion to Detroit. It opens, "What follows is imagined, but it happened just so"; de Lint often blurs the distinction between reality and the supernatural, so this line captures the spirit of "Seven for a Secret," in which the supernatural seems natural, and the harsh lives of broken people can be mended, at least a little.