The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 44
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barn-yard and orchard. Oa the departure of her
oountrymen, this female burnt the empty wigwams
and retired into the fastnesses of Norwalk. she
selected a spot suitable for an Indian dwelling
and a small plantation of maize, and in -which she
was seldom liable to Interruption and intrusion#
Her only companions were three dogs, of the
Indian or wolf species, The®# animals differed
in nothing from their kinsmen of the forest, but
in their attachment and obedience to their mistress.
She governed them with absolute away* They were
her servants and protectors, and attended her
person or guarded her threshold, agreeable to her
directions. She fed them v.lth corn and they
supplied her and themselves with meat, by hunting
squirrels, raccoons, and rabbits# , •
The chief employment of this woman, when at
home, besides plucking fche weeds from among her
corn, bruising the grain between two stones, and
setting her snares for rabbits and possums, was
to talk. Though in solitude, her tongue was
never at rest but when she was asleep; but her
conversation was merely addressed to her dogs.
Her voice was sharp and shrill, and her gesticula-
tions were vehement and grotesque. A hearer would
naturally imagine that she was scolding; but, in
truth, she was merely giving them directions.
Having no other object of contemplation or subject
of discourse, she always found, in their posture
and looks, occasion for praise, or blame, or
command. The readiness with which they understood,
and the docility with which they obeyed her move-
ments and words, were truly wonderful* . . ,®
ISdgar Huntly's views regarding the Indians have a clear
definiteness. His opinions are identified, of course, with
those of Brown. Edgar had been a grievous sufferer of their
frequent and destructive inroads into the heart of the English
settlement during the late war. The novel reveals that only
by the intervention of a kind providencs he and his two sisters
had boon saved r;hen his father*a house on the verge of the
8Ibld.. p. 217-219.
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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/m1/47/: accessed January 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .