One of the first, great Gothic novels, and one of the most influential books in literary history, this thrilling tale abounds in adventure, suspense, and supernatural occurrences. In a realm where a villain reigns, mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the ruler... read more
Conrad, the son of Manfred is frail, sickly, and about to marry Isabella. Unexpectedly, he is found dead, killed by a helmet, the weight of which, like his father's expectations, was too heavy to bear. Unable to figure out the cause of such an incredible accident, the first one to receive the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Conrad, the son of Manfred is frail, sickly, and about to marry Isabella. Unexpectedly, he is found dead, killed by a helmet, the weight of which, like his father's expectations, was too heavy to bear. Unable to figure out the cause of such an incredible accident, the first one to receive the blame is a mysterious peasant, who is imprisoned while Manfred decides what to do now.
Manfred becomes inconsolable, not so much for the death of his son, but more for the death of his house as his only heir has now been taken away from him forever. His solution: divorce his wife, Hippolita, and marry Isabella himself. As Isabella runs for her life, she encounters the imprisoned man and more is revealed about the deep and confusing history of the Castle of Otranto as well as who is the real and true heir.
“A bystander often sees more of the game than those at play.”Bianca
“A child ought to have to ears or eyes but as a parent directs.”Matilda
“Heaven mocks the short-sighted views of man.”Friar Jerome
“But alas! My Lord. What is blood? What is nobility? We are all reptiles, miserable, sinful creatures. It is piety alone that can distinguish us from the dust whence we sprung, and whither we return.”Friar Jerome to Manfred
“The gentle maid, whose hapless tale,/these melancholy pages speak;/say, gracious lady, shall she fail/To draw the tear a down from thy cheek?”Horace Walpole
“There is no bombast, no similes, flowers, digressions, or unnecessary descriptions. Everything tends directly to the catastrophe.”Horace Walpole
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