Delapore, ———.

Delapore, ———.
   The narrator of “The Rats in the Walls,” whose decision to restore Exham Priory, the home of his ancestors in England, ultimately leads to his downfall and his confinement in an insane asylum. Gilbert de la Poer, first Baron Exham, was granted the site of Exham Priory in 1261. Walter de la Poer, eleventh Baron Exham, fled to Virginia, probably in the seventeenth century, and founded the family later known as Delapore. Randolph Delapore is the cousin of the narrator of “The Rats in the Walls,” who “became a voodoo priest after he returned from the Mexican War.” Alfred Delapore is the narrator’s son. In 1917, he served overseas as an aviation officer, becoming friendly with Capt. Edward Norrys. He was injured and died two years later. His name is probably a nod toward HPL’s friend, Alfred Galpin.

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