The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 56
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Dear Philip, come baek* All the addition of
whleh ay pr®a®at happiness is aapable mm% ®ome from
you, Tlx# heartfelt approbation, the sweet, ineffable
ooiiiplacency with which ®y present feelings are
attended, want nothing to merit the name of perfeat
happiness, but to be witnessed aM applauded by you.
Your Clara — that noblest of women — joins me
in r#0aiiiug you, and i® as eager to do justice te
your passion as I am to recompense the merits of
Sedleyj therefor#, my friend, if you value ay happiness
or Clara*® com® baok. Will you not ©bey the well*
known vole#, ©ailing you to virtue and felioity, of
tetter-writing was an excellent devloe in which to in*
eorporate all the ©lament® of a sentimental novel# instead
of th# letters being simple and natural, most of th# writers
used a dlation rarely read or heard anywhere #ls#« fhay w#r#
not an ordinary medium for the exchange of eomoonplao# new®,
but w#r© filled with refined phrase® employed to reveal a
plot, certainly, but to smother it with "a sigh~by«sigh,
tear-by tear aooount"? ©f th# writer*s tempestuous lif«. This
anahanting language was not eonfined to letters written by
woman. Sentimental heroes wrote them not only to their lovers
but to #aoh other• Novelists w#nt to soma trouble to explain
th# Initiative to produo# the frequent and voluminous letters
used to oarry forward their plots, Clara Howard gave her
friend due warning at the beginning of a letter of approximately
thirteen thousand words, "I aa, indeed, in a aood, just now,
extre&ely favorable to the tailing of a long story#
^Ibld.. p. 405-406. %, R. Brown, 0£. cit., p. 57*
^Clara Howard p. 314.
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