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With The Mysteries of Udolpho, Ann Radcliffe raised the Gothic romance to a new level and inspired a long line of imitators Portraying her heroine s inner life, creating a thick atmosphere of fear, and providing a gripping plot that continues to thrill readers today, The Mysteries of Udolpho is the story of orphan Emily St Aubert, who finds herself separated from the man she loves and confined within the medieval castle of her aunt s new husband, Montoni Inside the castle, she must cope with an unwanted suitor, Montoni s threats, and the wild imaginings and terrors that threaten to overwhelm her This new edition includes an introduction that discusses the publication and early reception of the novel, the genre of Gothic romance, and Radcliffe s use of history, exotic settings, the supernatural, and poetry 3.5 stars for this classic gothic novel This was an engaging read and is considered to be one of the first gothic novels I loved the language, I loved the characters except for the evil M Montoni and Madame Charone , but I did dislike the extensive descriptions of scenery that seemed to go on forever I m glad that I read it, but I doubt I will ever tackle it again for a re read. This mammoth, prolix book the first wildly popular gothic novel is indifferently written, poorly planned,and inconsistent in purpose and tone Radcliffe s style is irritating, filled with continual redundancies, superfluous commas and dialogue that is often stilted and improbable The plot doesn t even get in gear until a third of the way through two hundred pages , and it loses its focus and dissipates its power in the last one hundred and fifty pages or so when Radcliffe introduces some pal This mammoth, prolix book the first wildly popular gothic novel is indifferently written, poorly planned,and inconsistent in purpose and tone Radcliffe s style is irritating, filled with continual redundancies, superfluous commas and dialogue that is often stilted and improbable The plot doesn t even get in gear until a third of the way through two hundred pages , and it loses its focus and dissipates its power in the last one hundred and fifty pages or so when Radcliffe introduces some pallid new characters and orchestrates a few second rate thrills that in their similarities to events of the earlier narrative verge on self parody Yet the novel has an undeniable power and charm A lot of this is due to Emily, the virtuous and loving but never stuffy young lady protagonist who would certainly become a model for Austen as well as a source of parody not only because of her sensible moral nature and highly developed sensibility but also because of her willingness to modify her often mistaken judgments when confronted withreliable information The villain Montoni is also memorable, the prototype of Heathcliffe, Rochester, de Winter and manyHe is not really evil so much as thoroughly selfish, completely arrogant, convinced of the absolute privilege of patriarchy and nobility He is believable, and therefore infuriating, a worthy ancestor of a long line of gothic villains A great deal of the charm of this book, however, comes from the characters appreciation of the beauty and power of landscapes fathers educate daughters through landscapes,lovers gaze and comment upon landscapes to each other, evaluate the sincerity and subtlety of one another s character and consciousness based on their reaction to landscapes, and later, when circumstances have forced them apart, they will comfort themselves with the solitary contemplation of landscapes The villains show no interest in landscapes whatsoever, and the good people, when oppressed and harried by evil, cease to be moved even by the beauties of nature, no matter how sublime they may be Besides, I believe one of the reasons the book shifts from France to Italy in addition to signaling a shift in narrative from pastoral simplicity to Machiavellian malice is in order that the heroine may move from contemplating the tranquil landscapes of Claude Lorrain to surveying the craggier and threatening vistas of Salvator Rosa Landscape as character is as important to The Mysteries of Udolpho as it is to Wuthering Heights or any Anthony Mann western If you pay close attention to the landscapes of Udolpho and Emily and Montoni as well you just might enjoy as I did this unwieldy and often infuriating novel A well informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within Castle UdolphoEmily St Aubert has done her best to prepare her mind for the outside world, but when both her parents A well informed mind is the best security against the contagion of folly and vice The vacant mind is ever on the watch for relief, and ready to plunge into error, to escape from the languor of idleness Store it with ideas, teach it the pleasure of thinking and the temptations of the world without, will be counteracted by the gratifications derived from the world within Castle UdolphoEmily St Aubert has done her best to prepare her mind for the outside world, but when both her parents suddenly succumb to a sickness she finds herself at the mercy of charity Her aunt, the sister of her father, reluctantly takes her in Her aunt is, well, difficultMadame Montoni was not of a nature to bear injuries with meekness, or to resent them with dignity her exasperated pride displayed itself in all the violence and acrimony of a little, or at least of an ill regulated mind She would not acknowledge, even to herself, that she had in any degree provoked contempt by her duplicity, but weakly persisted in believing, that she alone was to be pitied The only source of comfort that Emily has is a young man by the name of Valancourt, totally unsuitable as a marriage match because he is unfortunately the second son and primogenitary is still the law of the land in France in 1584 He will have to make his fortune by other means than inheritance When the husband of her aunt, the dastardly, scheming, brooding, perfectly conceived gothic villain Montoni wants to spirit them back to his native land of Italy, Valancourt tries to get Emily to run away with him.She of course refuses otherwise the novel could not have been titled Mysteries of Udolpho Emily wants her marriage to Valancourt to be validated She does not want to be one of those women who is the main subject of gossip for the rest of her life She believes that reason and her own stubbornness will win out Ann Radcliffe devouts many passages describing the romantic scenery of France and Italy Emily is a contemplative person, given herself over to many long sighs, and indulging in pleasurable melancholy about her futureThe spiral summits of the mountains, touched with a purple tint, broken and steep above, but shelving gradually to their base the open valley, marked by no formal lines of art and the tall groves of cypress, pine and poplar, sometimes embellished by a ruined villa, whose broken columns appeared between the branches of a pine, that seemed to droop over their fall They go to Venice which is when Emily finds out Montoni s true intentions toward her virtue He plans to marry her to one of his friends Count MoranoBut she avoided even naming Count Morano, muchthe declaration he had made, since she well knew how tremblingly alive to fear is real love, how jealously watchful of every circumstance that may affect its interest and she scrupulously avoided to give Valancourt even the slightest reason for believing he had a rival But when Montoni s luck at the gaming tables of Venice abandon him he is forced to flee to his castle in the Apennines MountainsCastle Udolpho Morano is left high and dry mostly dry, but slightly damp it is Venice after all , with flowers in hand, wondering where his bride to be has been taken The plot really picks up at Udolpho The book starts to feellike a gothic horror than a gothic romanceShe saw herself in a castle, inhabited by vice and violence, seated beyond the reach of law or justice, and in the power of a man, whose perseverance was equal to every occasion, and in whom passions, of which revenge was not the weakest, entirely supplied the place of principlesThe quotes from Shakespeare start to come fast and furious Unnatural deeds Do breed unnatural troubles infected minds To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets More needs she the divine, than the physician MACBETH So there are unusual noises, ball lightening dancing along iron spear heads, mysterious phantom figures, a veiled portrait that when seen renders our heroine insensible, Italian bandits, a siege, cold damp walls, secret passageways and haunting music Emily does not get a full nights sleep the whole time she is imprisoned at Udolpho She begins her mental jousting with Montoni He is interested in her estates She is interested in her freedom, but she does not want it bought too dearlyEmily, as she observed him in silence, saw, that his countenance was darker and sterner than usual O could I know, said she to herself, what passes in that mind could I know the thoughts, that are known there, I should no longer be condemned to this torturing suspense Montoni is heartless, cruel, and unprincipled He is feral in his desire for self preservation He sneers at the weak and feels justified in his criminal behaviorHis character also, unprincipled, dauntless, cruel and enterprising, seemed to fit him for the situation Delighting in the tumult and in the struggles of life, he was equally a stranger to pity and to fear his very courage was a sort of animal ferocity not the noble impulse of a principle, such as inspirits the mind against the oppressor, in the cause of the oppressed but a constitutional hardiness of nerve, that cannot feel, and that, therefore, cannot fearOh yesthatisMontoni Emily must survive the twists and turns of the plot as she tries to defeat a Goliathan opponent She discovers in the process that she hasspine than she would have ever dreamed possible buoyed by her own sense of the injustice of her circumstances and her desire to return to ValancourtYou may find, perhaps, Signor, said Emily, with mild dignity, that the strength of my mind is equal to the justice of my cause and that I can endure with fortitude, when it is in resistance of oppression I couldn t help thinking about all the women across Europe in 1793 who were stealing time away from their other duties to read this book It was a phenomenal best seller, in fact, mentioned in some places as the truly first best selling novel Ann Radcliffe was not the first gothic novelist, but she was the first to legitimize the genre Imitators were soon flooding the market with gothic romances to a public that had an insatiable addiction for the combination of thwarted love, dastardly villains, and crumbling castles Ann Radcliffe lost in her own gothic world Radcliffe herself was a recluse, rarely venturing outside away from her writing I can only speculate that she made her ivory castle and cared little for a real life that was beyond her control Wouldn t we all like to lose ourselves in the world of our own making The book dragged in the beginning for this reader, but gains momentum after Montoni enlivens the plot with his ingenious, scheming, larger than life personality If you wish to seeof my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at Emily St Aubert, has it all, loving parents, a nice, little, charming estate, she lives on, in southern France, Anno Domini 1584 The young gentlewoman, adores walking around her father s land, looking at the nearby, exotic Pyrenees Mountains, watching the calm Garonne River, flow by, hearing it making soft noises, as it goes along The lady likes playing an instrument, singing songs, to her affectionate father and mother, while sitting on a hill, with a great view, an enchanting moment, never Emily St Aubert, has it all, loving parents, a nice, little, charming estate, she lives on, in southern France, Anno Domini 1584 The young gentlewoman, adores walking around her father s land, looking at the nearby, exotic Pyrenees Mountains, watching the calm Garonne River, flow by, hearing it making soft noises, as it goes along The lady likes playing an instrument, singing songs, to her affectionate father and mother, while sitting on a hill, with a great view, an enchanting moment, never forgotten The Chateau is located in the province of Gascany, a beautiful area, the Atlantic Ocean., a short distance from their home, away from the tumultuous politics and battles, of Paris, meeting her beloved Monsieur Valancourt, the perfect life, but the world keeps turning, and not always in the right direction Emily soon loses both her parents, medicine being very primitive, back then, Aunt Cheron, her father s unkind sister, takes Emily to her home, the cold aunt promptly marries an evil Italian, Signor Montoni, who wants to take, Emily and her aunt, to his mysterious Castle of Udolpho, a remote valley, in Italy Faithful Valancourt, warns the teenager, not to go , and instead marry him immediately, he has heard things And very unfavorable to Signor Montoni, but Emily promised her dying father, to stay with his sister, until she comes of age, do I have to tell you, she makes a big, big , mistake Climbing the treacherous, but alluring Alps Mountains, by stagecoach, to get over to Italy, afraid of the much feared banditti, active there, the small party, arrives after a long, dull journey, at there intended destination, without incident First stop, the incomparable, Venice, a dream, in the middle of the ocean , Emily, starts to have fun here, moonlight gondola trips , after Luna, rises out of the beautiful sea, paradise on liquid, but it will not last Reality shows its ugly face, both to aunt and niece, soon they are held captive, by her new uncle, in the strange , dismal, Udolpho Castle, the party s final, undesirable stop , he needs their estates because of money troubles , and doesn t take no, for an answer Montoni, has a little gambling addiction, of course Uncle Montoni, is the chief of the bandits, here also, raiding the local noblemen and the rich, oblivious, travelers, in the area The gloomy castle, is haunted too, they say, apparitions are seen at night, weird sounds heard, coming from thin air, odd tales are told about the previous owner, she disappeared , one night in the woods , and was never seen alive, again, people say her ghost, still comes back, at midnight, seeking vengeance, but against who Poor beautiful, fragile, Emily , always fainting, fleeing an unwanted, persistent suitor, where can she get help Valancourt, is back in the army, far away, in France, she fears for her safety, the place is full of murderers, riots and fighting between themselves, are nightly occurrences, her room s door, can t be locked, if only, she had taken her admirer s advice 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