The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 57
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The novelists were forced to assume that the recipients
of letters were never satisfied. Jane Talbot*s powers were
a scare© of amazement even to her lover Colden.
How you have mad# yourself so absolute a
mistress of the goose-quill I eaa*t imagine* How
you can maintain the writing posture, and pursue
the writing movement for tan houra together, with-
out benumbed brain, or aching fingers, is beyond
Letters enjoyed a sacred position in sentimental fiction.
Except when the plot demanded it, they were never misplaced
or lost, Copies were circulated within the privileged oirole
of friends Often the writer of a letter wanted to have it
carefully handled and returned to him. The hero in Clara
Howard sent directions for the prompt return of his letters.
Tfci packet is a precious one: you will find
in it a more lively and exact picture of life than
it is possible, by any other means, to communicate.
Preserve it, therefore, with care, and return it
sefely and entire as soon as you have read it.®
Letters were a convenient device for the teaching of
lessons of life. Among the amorous phrases of love letters
are found such teachings as these from Clara Howardt
How inconsistent and capricious Is manl^
The happiness received is always proportioned
to that conferred.*®
Ingeniously to supply the place or gracefully
to endure the want of riches is the privilege of
We fluctuate and are impatient only when
doubtful of the future.12
7Jane Talbot. p. 148. ®Clara Howard, p. 21®.
9Ibid.t p. 303. 10Ibld,. p. 304.
IlIbid., p. 36. 12lbld., p. 377.
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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/m1/60/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .