The Tales of Terror ....

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Neale Company, 1900 - 40 páginas
 

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Página 3 - But to the terror produced by the machinations of guilt, and the perception of danger, this writer has had the art to unite another, and possibly a stronger feeling. There is, perhaps, in every breast at all susceptible of the influence of imagination, the germ of a certain superstitious dread of the world unknown, which easily suggests the ideas of commerce with it. Solitude, darkness, low-whispered sounds, obscure glimpses of objects, flitting forms, tend to raise in the mind that thrilling, mysterious...
Página 22 - The portmanteau dropped from my arms, and my heart's blood was chilled. If an apparition of the dead were possible, (and that possibility I could not deny,) this was such an apparition. A hue, yellowish and livid ; bones, uncovered with flesh ; eyes, ghastly, hollow, woe-begone, and fixed in an agony of wonder upon me ; and locks, matted and negligent, constituted the image which I now beheld.
Página 27 - Richardson, had been overdone. rative; or is plucked up at proper intervals, and presented to the view of the reader, with great solemnity. But the author of these sheets hath too high an opinion of the judgment and penetration of his readers, to pursue this method. Although he cannot pretend to be very deep, yet he hopes he is clear. And if anything lies at bottom, worth the picking up, it will be discovered without his direction...
Página 27 - The outlines of the following story, and some of the incidents and more minute circumstances, are to be found in the antient English historians. If too great liberties have been taken in altering or enlarging their accounts, the reader who looks only for amusement will probably forgive it...
Página 24 - Hepzibah ! go down on your knees to him, kiss his feet, entreat him not to come in...
Página 27 - ... liberties have been taken in altering or enlarging their accounts, the reader who looks only for amusement will probably forgive it: the learned and critical (if this work should be honoured by such readers) will deem it a matter of too little consequence to call for the severity of their censure. — It is generally expected that pieces of this kind should convey some one useful moral: which moral, not always perhaps, the most valuable or refined, is sometimes made to float on the surface of...
Página 3 - that inexplicable mysterious shudder which seizes one in reading these apparently harmless tales.

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