The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 53
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When Mary learns of this plan, &he unselfishly disappears so
that Hartley will to® free* Hartley and Ol&ra fall in love*
bat Hartley feels obligated to tell her of Ills engagement to
Mary and Ills fear for her fat®# Clara, alao laagaaaimous,
gite® up her lover, insisting that he find Mary* The situation
viewed In a summary is rather fanay, as Slara, against her
own wishes, drives Hartley, against hi®, to fiat and marry
Mary, who has ran away with another manj but the problem seems
very real to the characters# '
The difficulties are solved when Mary reappears and
explains that she is in lot# with Sedley, a former lover# The
four young people prepare for a doable wedding.
The complication is a protracted one, before Brown brings
about a happy ending, an innovation for him,by an elaborate
arrangement which is none too plausible#
There Is a laok of ©orders, ghosts, suicides, and general
violence la Olara Howard, but a nuaiaer of Brown's favorite
elements occur. The hero goes through many mental crises
before he Is able to claim his bride# The character of the
wealthy patron is familiar, laposters are so familiar that
no reader of Brown Is surprised when Morton*s claim is fraudulent.
There is the usual unsuspected kinship when Mary turns out to
be a second cousin of Mrs, Howard*
letter-writing gave the sentimentalists ideal opportunities
to let the characters indulge in picturing themselves In the
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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/m1/56/: accessed May 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .