The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 14
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Appearing with conspicuous regularity in the Gothic
novel are the supernatural characters, which are really quit®
disappointing to on© looking for terror. The ghost most
typioal is the murdered lord of the castle, who, for some
reason, has been left unburitd, and he wants to a@® that hi®
descendants win back the castle from a usurper and to get for
hi.nself a decent burial,^ Cther visitants, however, are
more successful in thrilling the reader. The "Bleeding Nun*
is an example. Lucifer, usually pictured as a huge monster,
is often depicted with tongues of flames darting from his
One character, who recurs often in literature, is the
Wandering Jew. He has been known by many names, but he is
best known in Gothic writings as Ahasuerus, He is usually
described as having a "Majestic appearance, with powerful
features, and large, black, flashing eyes; something in his
glance awakens a aeeret awe akin to horror."^ He is melancholy,
grave, and solemn, God has set his seal upon him, "a flaming
gleaming cross on his brow, which awakens the utmost terror
in the beholder."37
These "stereotyped puppets" speak with as much arti-
ficiality as they act. Their diction is "flowery and abounds
3^watt, 02* olt., p. 42* ^Hailo, oj>. cit., p. 197.
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