During this time, she discovered that her house was haunted. It wasn't only she who felt it—she overheard adults talking about the ghosts as well. She realized that they were as frightened as she was, and were helpless to protect her. She already understood that the world was denser and more crowded than her senses could percieve: there were ghosts, but even those dead who were not ghosts still existed; she was used to hearing talk in which family members alive and dead were discussed without distinction. The dead seemed to her only barely dead.Larissa MacFarquhar, "The Dead Are Real," a profile of Hilary Mantel in the 10/15/2012 New Yorker.