The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 52
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mateh pang for pang, and sigh for sigh with the
paraeauted victim; ho was mercilessly roasted
over the slow fires of suspense.*
Qlara Howard distinotly marks Brown*® ohanga of ideala
from Gothic to sentimental novels. The plot 1# orderly and,
for tli# most part, el tar If worked oat. The ehief interest is
focused on two women, Clara Howard and Mary Wilmot, almost
equally the heroines# Emphasis ©a character rather than
psychology, and the experiences of the girls to teat them
morally are two typical characteristics which place the novel
la th© sentimental class.
The plot la simple, Idward Hartley becomes the friend
of Mary Wilmot*s brother, and through th# friendship ha
becomes acquainted with Ma sister, who fall® in lot® with
him, Hartlay feels no more than friandahip for Mary, hut ha
realised har devotion for him, and whan har brother dies, ha
and Mary become engaged. The engagement seams to ha a provi-
sion for lary*s future, for no definite plans ara mad®* Mary
lives qulatly on the fiva thousand dollars she has discovered
in har brother*® possession® after Ms death. At the and of
six aonths, Morton appears, claiming that ha had left the
money in Wilmot'a care. At about th« same time Mr# Howard,
Hartley's benefactor, returns to this country fro® Sngland,
where he has married a widow, an old sweetheart of his. Ha
wants her daughter, Glara Howard, to baaome Hartley's wife,
%arbart Boaa Brown, The Sentimental Novel in America
1789*1860. p. 176. 1
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