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The Mysteries of Udolpho Summary ↠ 0 ´ A best seller in its day and a potent influence on Sade Poe and other purveyors of eighteenth and nineteenth century Gothic horror The Mysteries of Udolpho remains one of the most important works in the history of European fiction After Emily St Aubuert is imprisoned by her evil guardian Count Montoni inFortress in the Appenines terror becomes the order of the day With its dream like plot and hallucinatory rendering of its characters' psychological states The Mysteries of Udolpho is a fascinating challenge to contemporary readersAbout the Series For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest sp. I'm reading this book again to get back in touch with some of the early English gothic novels I'm struck in these early pages by the extreme romanticization and lush description of nature The natural world has a sort of earthy goodness that draws Emily and her father in By contrast the characters who are urbane are invariably depicted as manipulative and ruthless

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A best seller in its day and a potent influence on Sade Poe and other purveyors of eighteenth and nineteenth century Gothic horror The Mysteries of Udolpho remains one of the most important works in the history of European fiction After Emily St Aubuert is imprisoned by her evil guardian Count Montoni in his gloomy medieval. “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 UdolphoEmily St Aubert has done her best to prepare her mind for the outside world but when both her parents suddenly succumb to a sickness she finds herself at the mercy of “charity” Her aunt the sister of her father reluctantly takes her in Her aunt is well difficult ”Madame Montoni was not of a nature to bear injuries with meekness or to resent them with dignity her exasperated pride displayed itself in all the violence and acrimony of a little or at least of an ill regulated mind 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”The only source of comfort that Emily has is a young man by the name of Valancourt totally unsuitable as a marriage match because he is unfortunately the second son and primogenitary is still the law of the land in France in 1584 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 himShe 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 ”The spiral summits of the mountains touched with a purple tint broken and steep above but shelving gradually to their base; the open valley marked by no formal lines of art; and the tall groves of cypress pine and poplar sometimes embellished by a ruined villa whose broken columns appeared between the branches of a pine that seemed to droop over their fall”They go to Venice which is when Emily finds out Montoni’s true intentions toward her virtue He plans to marry her to one of his friends Count Morano “But she avoided even naming Count Morano much the declaration he had made since she well knew how tremblingly alive to fear is real love how jealously watchful of every circumstance that may affect its interest; and she scrupulously avoided to give Valancourt even the slightest reason for believing he had a rival”But when Montoni’s luck at the gaming tables of Venice abandon him he is forced to flee to his castle in the Apennines MountainsCastle 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 like a gothic horror than a gothic romance ”She saw herself in a castle inhabited by vice and violence seated beyond the reach of law or justice and in the power of a man whose perseverance was eual to every occasion and in whom passions of which revenge was not the weakest entirely supplied the place of principles” The uotes from Shakespeare start to come fast and furious ”Unnatural deeds Do breed unnatural troubles infected minds To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets More needs she the divine than the physician” MACBETH So there are unusual noise

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The Mysteries of UdolphoEctrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities voluminous notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and mu. I believe that memory is responsible for nearly all these three volume novels Oscar Wilde One thing I will say for this book is that it made Oscar Wilde's plays even entertaining for me I now know what he was talking about when he trashes books of unusually revolting sentimentality And what he says is very true I am absolutely certain that Ann Radcliffe wrote this book as a sort of extended journal for her travels At least half of it is devoted to scenery descriptions Now this is not a bad thing in itself I read classics all the time and I understandappreciate that books tended to be long winded due to the limited amounts of solo activities available at the time But this is ridiculous I should point out that the full title of this book is The Mysteries of Udolpho A Romance; interspersed with some pieces of poetry by Ann Radcliffe SOME pieces Give me a break She throws in her poetry every chance she gets Her prose is neither creative or inspired Every single verse is cheesy lacking good poetic structure and ALWAYS about nature This uickly gets redundant and I found myself skipping over her longer ones which can last for pages I have seen a few reviewers compare this book as the predecessor to Jane Austen I beg to differ I have read every single one of Jane Austen's books and these authors are separated by one very crucial fact Jane Austen is a good writer and Ann Radcliffe is not Radcliffe's writing style is extremely difficult to follow Commas seem to be a critical plot point with her Any kind of sentence andor dialogue will read something like this Emily called as she had reuested at an early hour awoke little refreshed by sleep for uneasy dreams had pursued her and marred the kindest blessing of the unhappy but when she opened her casement looked out upon the woods bright with the morning sun and inspired the pure air her mind was soothed Yes that is all one sentence I am almost positive that I've heard William Shatner talk fluidly Despite all my griping about this book I think the thing that annoyed me the most was that I really just didn't care about Emily She struck me as very spoiled and sheltered She cries nonstop and is constantly wallowing in self pity In reality none of the characters not even her evil uncle really abuse her They are strict and worldly nothing In one especially nauseating scene she is driving in a carriage with her aunt and uncle wallowing in self pity as usual and sees some peasants playing instruments She then thinks to herself how lovely it would be to be a peasant because then she could spend the whole day doing whatever she wanted and not be controlled by an evil aunt and uncle Umm what Last time I checked peasants did NOT live a charmed life In contrast to Emily and Valancourt I found myself actually liking her evil stepuncle Montoni He was pretty much the only character with ANY kind of common sense To sum up save yourself a painful 700 page read If you want a cute and light romance I suggest checking out books by Georgette Heyer Or go to the Bronte sisters if you want something Gothic and substantial