Epub ↠ The Mysteries of Udolpho ï 693 pages

Ebook ☆ The Mysteries of Udolpho å Ann Radcliffe

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 noises ball lightening dancing along iron spear heads mysterious phantom figures a veiled portrait that when seen renders our heroine insensible Italian bandits a siege cold damp walls secret passageways and haunting music 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 ”Emily as she observed him in silence saw that his countenance was darker and sterner than usual ‘O could I know’ said she to herself ‘what passes in that mind; could I know the thoughts that are known there I should no longer be condemned to this torturing suspense’”Montoni is heartless cruel and unprincipled He is feral in his desire for self preservation He sneers at the weak and feels justified in his criminal behavior ”His character also unprincipled dauntless cruel and enterprising seemed to fit him for the situation Delighting in the tumult and in the struggles of life he was eually 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” Oh yesthatisMontoniEmily 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 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 ”‘You may find perhaps Signor’ said Emily with mild dignity ‘that the strength of my mind is eual to the justice of my cause; and that I can endure with fortitude when it is in resistance of oppression’”I couldn’t help thinking about all the women across Europe in 1793 who were stealing time away from their other duties to read this book 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 Wouldn’t we all like to lose ourselves in the world of our own making? 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 If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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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 chose to read this book the same way many other people did I was reading the Jane Austen novel Northanger Abbey as part of a group read and the topic of 'The Horrid Novels' came up The Mysteries Of Udolpho was the only one I had access to so it was the one I readThis is a long book old fashioned in style naturally being published in 1794 but I enjoyed it very much even though I had my doubts going in because I lost my taste for the Gothic genre years ago I expected to give up on it but I was intrigued by Emily and her life and found myself and curious about what would happen next with each page I readI also had fun with this book as I try to do with anything I read I learned new words like IZARD MASSY and DINGLE I actually have wild dingles close to me and never knew it until I looked up the definition to see why they seemed to make Emily so nervousBut it was when I read this sentence that I became curious about Ann Radcliffe herself Her present life appeared like the dream of a distempered imagination or like one of those frightful fictions in which the wild genius of the poets sometimes delightedI was impressed by the incredible phrase like the dream of a distempered imagination; and the entire sentence made me wonder if perhaps Radcliffe had read something which inspired her to write Udolphosome frightful fiction aka 'horrid novel' that set her to conjuring up all sorts of ghostly ideas that led to this bookSo I looked her up at Wiki and foundnot a whole lot She was a very private person and apparently there simply is not enough material about her life for a proper biography to be written But it is known that she did not believe that the Gothic genre was developing the way she thought it should In an essay her husband published after her death she states that terror aims to stimulate readers through imagination and perceived evils while horror closes them off through fear and physical dangers She saw writers of Gothic novels emphasizing horror as opposed to terror and it is believed that the frustration she felt over this change in focus is what made her uit writing Imagine the difference between an Alfred Hitchcock movie that will scare the daylights out of you with its suspense and one of those Chainsaw Massacre things that just go for the shock value of blood and guts everywhere Radcliffe and Hitchcock would have seen eye to eye I was happy with the way all the Mysteries of Udolpho were explained in the final chapters every loose end that I kept wondering about was eventually tied neatly into a satisfying package and all the explanations made sense to me I am looking forward to reading of Radcliffe's work in the futureThere is just one uestion that does not get resolved unless I missed it somehow If anyone reads The Mysteries Of Udolpho and finds out what happened to Manchon please let me knowthanks

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Epub ↠ The Mysteries of Udolpho ï 693 pages ✓ 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 evFortress 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 35 rounded up Ye Gads I started this book back in July had to table it and started over the first week in December Still took me a month to finish I have to say what Ms Radcliffe could have used the most in her writing career was the services of a good editor I can appreciate long descriptive passages but how many in depth descriptions of someone collapsing into tears does one need By halfway through the book she could have just said Emily wept and I would have known she was collapsed on the floor and near faintingIt is hard to put a finger on why this twisting convoluted over populated work works but it does By the time the characters finally reached Udolpho I was hooked and wanted to see where it was going and how on earth Radcliffe was going to tie up all these loose ends There were so many threads it was hard to keep track of which Baron Count or Chevalier was being followed or accused There were all the likely Gothic contrivances castles with corridors beyond end and parts of houses not seen in 20 years ghosts populating the peasant minds mysterious music hidden villainies and secrets There was Snidely Whiplash poor little Nell and Dudley Do Right ugh I mean Montoni Emily and Valencourt Perhaps knowing it was the first time made these stereotypes a little palatable In any case I did enjoy it once I was fully committed and I am glad to have it checked off my list of books I wantneed to read If you are thinking of reading it I caution you to settle in for a story that can be laborious at times thrilling at times and funny in places that it clearly does not intend to be Enjoy