The Gothic Element in the Novels of Charles Brockden Brown Page: 61
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After the many complications art solved, the happy
ending 1© ouiokly given ia the last chapter. Virtuous character®
are rewarded and despicable characters are punished, ia two
oases with death.
If only these two novels were considered, Brown would fee
classed as a sentimentalist. Clara Howard and Jane Talbot
have every quality to make them typical sentimental novels.
There ia a flowery, affectad language, ludicrous to the jaodera
reader# There are tears and sighs on practically every pag# -«•
flowing tear® and prodigious sighs. The theme of suicide it
exploited if only by threats. 3ententiou8nes8 abounds in
the copious letters, more or less subordinating every other
element. The reader waits until th® last chapter, or letter,
for the final outcome, the final letter in each case being
one written by~~tiie heroin®. There are a© ghosts, dungeons,
caves, ventriloquists, sleepwalkers, spontaneous combustion
of huasaa beings, or epidemic disease, but there is suspense.
Despite th® absence of conversation and description detail,
the plot is carried forward with letters vrhioh adequately
replace the conversation and description in Brown*a earlier
novels. Fevered emotionalism, exaggerated altruism, slight
plots, stock characters, and artificial diction do not make
gocd reading in this day of realis® where sentimentality is
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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/m1/64/: accessed February 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .