I agree with you reader's comment from Australia this is a rich and exciting narrative poem. As a teaching resource for exploring figuarative language such alliteration, metpahor, symbolism, onomatopoeia, similies adjectives, it is outstanding. Charles Keeping's monochrome fine pen and ink illustrations vibrate with energy almost echoing the "tlot tlot' of the horses hooves and later the "madman shouting a curse". And yet the fine lines also ripple with an innocent softness on the daughter's long black hair. It can be read at many levels and never fails to send my blood rushing with a mixture of fear, excitement and anger as I consider what really happened to Bess.