The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 55
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A good parallel to this lengthy epistle is Staol«jr*s
answer, alio quoted oaly ia part#
I do aot meaa to reason with you Whan I tall
you that you are wrong, 1 a® far froia ®3£@©pting
your assent to ©y assertion# X say it not ia a
ton# of bitterness or deprecation? I am ©aim, la
this respect, as yourselfi there is aothiag to ruffle
sat calm, We fluctuate and are iiapatieat only when
doubtful of the future. Our fate beiag nmlad, aad
aa end put to suspense and to doabt. the passiea®
art stillj sedateaeas and tranquillity at least are
oura* « «
you are wrong, Clara j you study, it seam®, the
good of others; you desire the benefit of this girl,
and, since her happiness liea ia being unitad to mt
aad ia poaaeaaiag ay affections, you wish to writ®
us, aad to transfer to her ay lota.
It oannot be doaa. Marry har I may, but I shall
not love har, — I c&aaot love har. . . I cannot
love her, beoaus© ay affactions are already a©voted
to ©a® «©re attractive and more excellent than eh®.
She has my reverence} if wedlock unites us, aur
fidelity will never be broken. I will watch over her
safety with unfailing solicitudet aha shall share
every feeling aad thought; the ties of the teadereat
friendship shall be hers, bat aothiag re* ♦ *
Tou and yours I shall strive to forget; Justice to
ay -wife aad to ffiyself will require this at ay hand#
AdieU" PHILIP STANLEY^
Mary*s letter to Philip, only partially quoted, whan he
runs away to avoid seeing har, further ©alighteas the reader
of the qualities of these characters of a sentimental novel*
Yes, my friend, the place that you onoe possessed
la m affections ia now occupied by another, — fey
him of whose claims I know you have always been the
secret advocate, — by that good, wis®, and generous
ataa who I always admitted to toe second to yourself,
but for who®, ay heart now acknowledges a preference# * ,
3mia.. pp. 377-381.
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