Emily St. El romance de Emily con Valancourt, el hermano menor del conde Duvarney, queda frustrado por Montoni y otros. Al principio del relato se presenta a Emily, que comparte con su padre un lazo especialmente estrecho, debido a su amor por la naturaleza. Emily y Valancourt pronto se enamoran.
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Shelves: gothic A well-informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice. The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness. Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking; and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within.
Castle Udolpho Emily St. Her aunt, the sister of her father, reluctantly takes her in. Her aunt is, well, difficult. She would not acknowledge, even to herself, that she had in any degree provoked contempt by her duplicity, but weakly persisted in believing, that she alone was to be pitied….
He will have to make his fortune by other means than inheritance. When the husband of her aunt, the dastardly, scheming, brooding, perfectly conceived gothic villain Montoni wants to spirit them back to his native land of Italy, Valancourt tries to get Emily to run away with him.
She of course refuses otherwise the novel could not have been titled Mysteries of Udolpho. Emily wants her marriage to Valancourt to be validated. She does not want to be one of those women who is the main subject of gossip for the rest of her life. She believes that reason and her own stubbornness will win out. Ann Radcliffe devouts many passages describing the romantic scenery of France and Italy.
Emily is a contemplative person, given herself over to many long sighs, and indulging in pleasurable melancholy about her future. He plans to marry her to one of his friends Count Morano. Castle Udolpho. Morano is left high and dry mostly dry, but slightly damp it is Venice after all , with flowers in hand, wondering where his bride to be has been taken.
The plot really picks up at Udolpho. The book starts to feel more like a gothic horror than a gothic romance. More needs she the divine, than the physician. Emily does not get a full nights sleep the whole time she is imprisoned at Udolpho. She begins her mental jousting with Montoni. He is interested in her estates. She is interested in her freedom, but she does not want it bought too dearly.
He is feral in his desire for self-preservation. He sneers at the weak and feels justified in his criminal behavior. Delighting in the tumult and in the struggles of life, he was equally a stranger to pity and to fear; his very courage was a sort of animal ferocity; not the noble impulse of a principle, such as inspirits the mind against the oppressor, in the cause of the oppressed; but a constitutional hardiness of nerve, that cannot feel, and that, therefore, cannot fear.
Emily must survive the twists and turns of the plot as she tries to defeat a Goliathan opponent. She discovers in the process that she has more spine than she would have ever dreamed possible buoyed by her own sense of the injustice of her circumstances and her desire to return to Valancourt. It was a phenomenal best seller, in fact, mentioned in some places as the truly first best selling novel.
Ann Radcliffe was not the first gothic novelist, but she was the first to legitimize the genre. Imitators were soon flooding the market with gothic romances to a public that had an insatiable addiction for the combination of thwarted love, dastardly villains, and crumbling castles.
Ann Radcliffe lost in her own gothic world. Radcliffe herself was a recluse, rarely venturing outside away from her writing. I can only speculate that she made her ivory castle and cared little for a real life that was beyond her control. The book dragged in the beginning for this reader, but gains momentum after Montoni enlivens the plot with his ingenious, scheming, larger-than-life personality.
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