The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 32
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had excited Emily*s curiosity, and v.hich afterwards
aisolosed an object that had overwhelmed her with
horror; for, on lifting it there appeared, instead
of the picture she had expected, within the recess
of the wall, a human figure, of ghostly paleness,
stretched at its length, and dressed in the habili-
ments of the grave. What added to the horror of
the spectacle, was, that the face appeared partly
decayed and disfigured by t.orjas, whloh were visible
on the features and hands. On suoh an object it
will be readily believed that no person oared
endure to look twice* Emily, it say be recollected,
had, after the first glance, let the veil drop, and
her terror had prevented her from ever after pro-
voking a renewal of such suffering as sh® had then
experienced. Had she dared to look; again, her
delusion and her fears would have vanished together,
and she would have perceived that th® figure before
her was not human, but formed of wax.*5
Matching fro/a the standpoint of horror and explanation of
the supernatural is the passage from Wi eland, taken from
Wieland*s testimony after the murder of his family which he
was led to do by the voice of Carwin, who, th® reader finally
learns, is a ventriloquist.
She shrieked aloud, and endeavoured to free
herself from my graspj but her efforts were vain.
. , , Till her breath was stopped fehe shrieked for
help — for mercy. When she could speak no longer,
her gestures, her looks appealed to my compassion.
My accursed hand was irresolute and tremulous, I
mean thy death to be sudden, thy struggles to be
brief. AlasI my heart was infirmj my resolves
mutable. Thrice I slackened my grasp, and life
kept its hold, though in the midst of pangs, Her
eye-balls started from their sockets. G-rimness and
distortion took place of all that used to bewitch
me into transport, and subdue me into reverence. . . .
I lifted the corps© in my arms and laid it on
the bed. I gazed upon it with delight. Suoh was
the elation of my thoughts, that I even broke into
^Ann Radoliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpfao. p. 153.
16 Wi eland. p. 194.
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Cannon, Willie Jim. The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130235/m1/35/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .