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The house's smothery Victorian maternal ambience and Eleanor's "Mom" problem notwithstanding, the implication of the early history of Hill House is clear: it was, in its formative period, primarily the domain of an unbalanced and powerful male figure, an emanation of his bizarre psyche.
When I looked at that first, I got a smothery kind of feeling, overpowered like.
5 SMOTHERY TAR could be which archetypal English gent actor?