The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 59
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As previously suggested, Brown adhered to the formal*
for a sentimental novel, employing all the devises, Regarding
the ainute analysis of the heart, the heroine made this
I have al*,<aya foand an unaooountable pleasure
in diaseoting, aa it were, ay heartj unoovering
one by one its aany fold®, and laying it before
you, aa a eountry is shewn in a a* p. * • , what
v dimes I have talked to you on that bewitehing
thema. • • ***
The heroine was not unaware of the dramatic possibilities
in letters written nervously during a distressing situation*
Jane Talbot wrote to Coldent
What a wretoh a® II Why, why waa I born, or
why received X breath in a world and at a period,
with tfhoa# inhabitants I have m sympathy, whose
notions of rectitude and daeeney find no aaswar
ehord in ay heart.*5
Again, aa in Olaara Howard. the industry neeeaaary to
prodaoe the long and frequent letters is noted, "jfy desk it,
of late, always open; ay paper spread} ay pen i&olst," wrote
Jane, who aust have felt that §&§« ooumwni was needed to
explain how aha oould write seven letters totaling more than
twenty ona thousand words in four days.*6
Death by euloide aeeaed to be a luxury of the aentiaentalist%
and although it olaised oany vieti s in Aaariaaa fiation,
Brown's characters in Clara Howard and Jang Talbot only threatened
UIbld.. p. 191.
X5Ibld.. p. 178,
B. Brown, 0£. oj|t., p. 69•
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