A Sicilian Romance, Volume 1

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T. Hookham, 1792 - 216 pages

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One of Radcliffe's early novels, this one set in an appropriately gothic Sicilian castle with abandoned wings and hidden underground passages and dungeons, where mysterious lights are seen in desolate ... Read full review

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Okay, so from a literary perspective, perhaps not the most accomplished text, but very enjoyable nonetheless! Not half so silly or campy as Castle of Otranto, I actually found it... if not scary, at ... Read full review

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Page 83 - As he surveyed the place in silent wonder, a sullen groan arose from beneath the spot where he stood. His blood ran cold at the sound ; but silence returning, and continuing unbroken, he attributed his alarm to the illusion of a fancy, which terror had impregnated. He made another effort to force the door, when a groan was repeated, more hollow and more dreadful than the first.
Page 16 - ... To good sense, lively feeling, and natural delicacy of taste, must be united an expansion of mind and a refinement of thought, which is the result of high cultivation. To render this sort of conversation irresistibly attractive, a knowledge of the world is requisite, and that enchanting ease, that elegance of manner, which is to be acquired only by frequenting the higher circles of polished society.68 This "refinement of thought
Page 16 - refinement of thought" was to Mrs. Radcliffe virtually synonymous with sentiment. In sentimental conversation [she continues] subjects interesting to the heart and to the imagination are brought forward; they are discussed in a kind of sportive way, with animation and refinement, and are never continued longer than politeness allows. Here fancy flourishes, the sensibilities expand, and wit, guided by delicacy and embellished by taste, points to the heart.

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