The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 15
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in long Latinate words."36 They weep easily, they sigh heavily,
they exclaim frequently, ant they repeatedly punctuate their
conversations with questions. fhe first parson is of tan avoided
entirely; the "hero and heroine refer to themselves and eaoh
other as *th@ luckless fheodor®1 and *the miserable Matilda;*; *39
Many of the passages are long and oratorical, especially the
ones given by characters la sorrow# Other passages flow as
from an inspired pea and are utterly fascinating in their ability
to lead the readers on and on#
The Castle of Otranto la a short, lively and
spirited story. The conversations are swift inter-
lude# in the narrative, whioh never pauses for a
deep analysis of situation or mood. On© recognizes
throughout the animated, cursory, rapidly-Flitting
epistolary style of its author. The works of Mrs,
Kadcliffe and Clara leave are ponderous and slow in
style. * . • Lewis Is very modern in his narrative
style? his sentences are short, the tempo brisk and
the dialog animated. In this respect his book is
incomparably more readable than dodwin1s or Maturln*s
works, where elaborate explanations in long strung-
out sentences sail for energy and effort on the part
of the reader. Godwin is particularly weak in dialog,
nor does he greatly cultivate this style of writing?
Haturin is better, but his conversations have constantly
to give way before the overflowing, torrential flood
of descriptive matter,*0
Clothed in love and sentimentality, these tales of innocence
persecuted by ferocious villains in settings of glooa and super-
natural horror mad© up the 0othic romance, the supernatural
Watt, o£. clt.. p. 45. %bld., p. 46.
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