The English Fireside Upon the Banks of the Rhine; An Almanach for the Year 1829

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General Books, May 9, 2012 - 90 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1829 Excerpt: ...the more conspicuous. It was not long before I was satisfied that a third door must have been where that light spot was seen, which had been walled up, and by it's newness and nakedness singularly contrasted with the crowded and grotesque ornaments of the remainingparts of the wall.---Who does not know how powerfully an uncommon and grotesque abode can impress the mind with chilling awe? Even the most indolent imagination iseicited in a valley inclosed by huge rocks, or within the gloomy walls of a gothicl; church, and fancies to forebode scenes never witnessed before. Now, when I add that I was but twenty years old, 'and had drunk some glassesdof strong punch, the reader will. easily believe that my mind must have been most uncommonly excited in that spacious and oddly ornamented hall. Let him only consider the profound silence ofthe night, in which the hollow roa-ring 05 1he'wavesof'theB=l4ick, -the etrangewhistling of the breezesounded like t/he nohemof a huge organ-struebby spirits_--the 'fleeting clouds, which, 'lum 'inous"and larillaut, frequently 'seemed tobe; lenlsiug through the rattling how'-windows like giautspassing by; and he will not think it extraordinary that the chilling tremor that was-shaking my frame, made me apprehend that some mysterious scenes were going to he displayed to my view. Yet that sensation resembled the chilness we feel at the close ofa well-told story, of 1 ghostlyapparition, and which we do not dislike. Whilst I-MID in this singular mood, it struck me that nothing could he better suited to the perusal ofa hook which I had put into--my pocket and at that time was eagerly read by every one that; hadiia taste for the romanticlc. It was Schiller's Armenian (in Germany better ...

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