The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 9
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Properties, atmospheric ant otherwise, were well adapted
by Walpole, Reeve, and Radcliff© to hei^titen the desired
impression. The soon emerges from behind a cloud to reveal a
ghastly scene that alarms the villain and prevents his crimes
from being eosuaitted. Soneti es the moon shines through the
stained-glass windows of a church, revealing to the tyrant
the glassy eyes of his dead heir. The moon is intended to
awaken a nocturnal atmosphere tinged with fantasy, fear, or
sadness# Weird and indistinct shapes are caused by the moon-
shine. Old doors which creak on their rusty hinges, wind
sweeping through the vaults and passage® and extinguishing
the lanterns or candles, lightning and thunder allying with
the wind in a storm — all lend to the atmosphere required for
horror within a castle, convent, or monastery. Other phases
of nature which produce effects desired by the writer are
eaves, precipitous cliffs, desolate surroundings, thick forests,
owls, bats, and raven®.^
The characters are "stereotyped puppets which cavort
stiffly against this artificial background with the jerking
of a certain time-worn set of strings which divide themselves
conveniently into two rival camps, the good and the bad.M^g
The first group comprises the' hero and heroin© and a few others,
and the second group is composed of "murderous monks, cruel
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