The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 48
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extending In the misty moonlight at their feet,
and above, the blue sky trembling through the few
thin clouds that lingered after the storm, and
were sinking slowly to the verge of the horizon*12
An Amerioan soene In a notel of Brown ehowe the similarity
to the Alpine scene,
W® at last arrived at the verge of a con-
siderable precipice# From this height, a dreary
vale was discoverably embarrassed with the leaf-
lee® stools of bushes* and eaeua4 ered with rugged
and painted rooks« • • It was in the highest
degree ragged, picturesque. and wild. This vale,
though I had never viewed it by the glimpses of
the moon, suggested the belief that I had visited
It before. Suoh a one 1 knew belonged to this
uncultivated region* . • *
The stranger kept along the verge of the eliff,
whioh gradually declined till it terminated in the
valley# He then plunged into it© deepest thickets*
In a quarter of an hoar he stopped under a projectors
of the roek whioh formed the opposite aide of the
vale# He then proceeded to remove the stalks,
which as I immediately perceived, concealed the
mouth of a cavern.3^
John Heal, in 1824, in Blackwood*S. rated him as one of
the three original writers that America had produced.
With two exceptions, or at the most three,
there is no American writer who would not pass
just as readily for an English writer, as for m
American, whatever were the subject upon which he
was writingj these three are Paulding, Heal, and
Charles Brockden Brows, • • * Brown &a& a sort
of absolute sincerity, like that of a man, who is
altogether In earnest, and believes every word of
his own story, . * • You feel, after he has
described a thing — and you have just been poring
over the description, not as if you had been
reading about it; but, as if you yourself, had seen
l%ad©liffe, ©j}. cit., p. 39*
13Kdgar Huntly« p. 16.
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