The castle of Otranto. With a memoir of the author [signed G.M.B. Followed by] The enchanted horse

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Page viii - I waked one morning in the beginning of last June from a dream, of which all I could recover was, that I had thought myself in an ancient castle (a very natural dream for a head filled like mine with Gothic story) and that on the uppermost bannister of a great staircase I saw a gigantic hand in armour.
Page 16 - ... that the Castle and Lordship of Otranto should pass from the present family whenever the real owner should be grown too large to inhabit it.
Page x - ... clerk or apprentice to an attorney, but had a taste and turn for more elegant studies ; and hinted a wish that I would assist him with my interest in emerging out of so dull a profession, by procuring him some place in which he could pursue his natural bent.
Page 63 - She wished to have you for her parent," said the friar: "but Heaven, that forbade that connection, has for ever dissolved all ties betwixt you : and I announce to your highness " "Stop! audacious man," said Manfred, "and dread my displeasure." "Holy father," said Hippolita, "it is your office to be no respecter of persons: you must speak as your duty prescribes; but it is my duty to hear nothing that it pleases not my lord I should hear. Attend the prince to his chamber. I will retire to my oratory,...
Page 17 - The servant, who had not stayed long enough to have crossed the court to Conrad's apartment, came running back breathless, in a frantic manner, his eyes staring, and foaming at the mouth. He said nothing, but pointed to the court. The company were struck with terror and amazement. The princess Hippolita. without knowing what was the matter, but anxious for her son, swooned away. Manfred, less apprehensive than enraged at the procrastination of the nuptials, and at the folly of his domestic, asked...
Page 20 - Manfred's grip, and then with an obeisance, which discovered more jealousy of innocence than dismay, he asked, with respect, of what he was guilty? Manfred, more enraged at the vigour, however decently exerted, with which the young man had shaken off...
Page 27 - Do I dream?" cried Manfred, returning; "or are the devils themselves in league against me ! Speak, infernal spectre ! or, if thou art my grandsire, why dost thou too conspire against thy wretched descendant, who too dearly pays for " ere he could finish the sentence, the vision sighed again, and made a sign to Manfred to follow him. "Lead on ! " cried Manfred, " I will follow thee to the gulf of perdition.
Page 51 - I do not allow you to mention my friend disrespectfully. Isabella is of a cheerful disposition, but her soul is as pure as virtue itself. She knows your idle babbling humour, and perhaps has now and then encouraged it, to divert melancholy, and enliven the solitude in which my father keeps us."— "Blessed Mary!" said Bianca, starting, "there it is again! dear madam, do you hear nothing? this castle is certainly haunted!"— "Peace!" said Matilda, "and listen! I did think I heard a voice— but it...
Page 68 - Thou hardened young impostor," said the prince, as soon as he saw the youth; "what becomes of thy boasted veracity now ? It was Providence, was it, and the light of the moon, that discovered the lock of the trap-door to thee? Tell me. audacious boy, who thou art, and how long thou hast been acquainted with the princess — and take care to answer with less equivocation than thou didst last night, or tortures shall wring the truth from thee.
Page 117 - In this frame of mind, and determined to open her heart entirely to Matilda, she went to that princess's chamber, whom she found already dressed, and leaning pensively on her arm. This attitude, so correspondent to what she felt herself, revived Isabella's suspicions, and destroyed the confidence she had purposed to place in her friend. They blushed at meeting, and were too much novices to disguise their sensations with address. After some unmeaning questions and replies, Matilda demanded of Isabella...

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