The Old English Baron: A Gothic Story

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Charles Dilly, 1789 - English fiction - 263 pages

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Page vi - Otranto; a work which, as already has been observed, is an attempt to unite the various merits and graces of the ancient Romance and modern Novel. To attain this end, there is required a sufficient degree of the marvellous, to excite the attention; enough of the manners of real life, to give an air of probability to the work; and enough of the pathetic, to engage the heart in its behalf.
Page 60 - He then took a survey of his chamber: the furniture by long neglect was decayed and dropping to pieces; the bed was devoured by the moths, and occupied by the rats, who had built their nests there with impunity for many generations. The bedding was very damp, for the rain had forced its way through the ceiling; he determined, therefore, to lie down in his clothes. There were two doors on the further side of the room, with keys in them : being not at all sleepy, he resolved to...
Page 93 - ... that the poor lady had not Christian burial. Never trouble thyself about that, said Andrew ; we have done the best we could for her; but let us see what we have got in our bags; we must divide them. So they opened their bags, and took out a fine gown and a pair of rich shoes ; but, beside these, there was a fine necklace, with a golden locket, and a pair of ear-rings.
Page 97 - I thank you with my whole heart, said he, for all your goodness to me ! Though I confess I never felt much regard for your husband, yet for you I had always the tender affection of a son. You will, I trust, give your evidence in my behalf when called upon: and I hope it will one day be in my power to reward your kindness : in that case I will own you as my foster-mother, and you shall always be treated as such. Margery wept. — The Lord grant it! said she, and I pray him to have you in his holy...
Page iii - Story is of a species which, tho' not new, is out of the common track, it has been thought necessary to point out some circumstances to the reader, which will elucidate the design, and, it is hoped, will induce him to form a favourable, as well as a right judgment of the work before him. This Story is the literary offspring of the...
Page 89 - This child, faid he, belongs to fome great folk, and perhaps it may be inquired after one day, and may make our fortunes ; take care of it, faid he, and bring it up as if it was your own.
Page 92 - I fetched a sheet, and by that time Robin was come back, and away they went together. They did not come back again till noon, and then they sat down and ate a morsel together. Says Andrew, Now we may sit down and eat in peace.
Page 53 - You have done well, said the baron. Edmund, come hither; you are charged with some indiscretions, for I cannot properly call them crimes : I am resolved to do justice between you and your accusers ; I shall therefore hear you as well as them; for no man ought to be condemned unheard.
Page 91 - Matter enough ! quoth Andrew ; we may come to be hanged, perhaps, as many an innocent man has before us.
Page 173 - They then came to me with all speed, and desired my orders ; it was then about sunset: I sent them back to fetch the dead body, which they brought privately into the castle. They tied it neck and heels, and put it into a trunk, which they buried under the floor in the closet you mentioned.

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