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Carmilla [NOOK Book]

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The story is presented by Le Fanu as part of the casebook of Dr Hesselius, whose departures from medical orthodoxy rank him as the first occult doctor in literature. The story is narrated by Laura, one of the two main protagonists of the tale.

Laura begins her tale by relating her childhood in a "picturesque and solitary" castle in the midst of an extensive forest in Styria where she lives with her father, a wealthy English widower, retired ...
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Overview

The story is presented by Le Fanu as part of the casebook of Dr Hesselius, whose departures from medical orthodoxy rank him as the first occult doctor in literature. The story is narrated by Laura, one of the two main protagonists of the tale.

Laura begins her tale by relating her childhood in a "picturesque and solitary" castle in the midst of an extensive forest in Styria where she lives with her father, a wealthy English widower, retired from the Austrian Service. When she is six years old, Laura has a vision of a beautiful visitor in her bedchamber. She later claims to have been bitten on the chest, although no wounds are found on her.

12 years later, Laura and her father are admiring the sunset in front of the castle when her father tells her of a letter he received earlier from his friend General Spielsdorf. The General was supposed to bring his niece, Bertha Rheinfeldt, to visit the two, but the niece suddenly died under mysterious circumstances. The General ambiguously concludes that he will discuss the circumstances in detail when they meet later.

Laura is saddened by the loss of a potential friend, and longs for a companion. A carriage accident outside Laura's home unexpectedly brings a girl of Laura's age into the family's care. Her name is Carmilla. Both girls instantly recognize the other from the 'dream' they both had when they were young.

Carmilla appears injured after her carriage accident, but her mysterious mother informs Laura's father that her journey is urgent and cannot be delayed. She arranges to leave her daughter with Laura and her father until she can return in three months. Before she leaves she sternly notes that her daughter will not disclose any information whatsoever about her family, past, or herself and that Carmilla is of sound mind. Laura comments that this information seems needless to say, and her father laughs it off.

Carmilla and Laura grow to be very close friends, but occasionally Carmilla's mood abruptly changes. She sometimes makes unsettling romantic advances towards Laura. Carmilla refuses to tell anything about herself or her background, despite questioning from Laura. Her secrecy isn't the only mysterious thing about her. Carmilla sleeps much of the day, and seems to sleepwalk at night. When a funeral procession passes by the two girls and Laura begins singing a hymn, Carmilla bursts out in rage and scolds Laura for singing a Christian song. When a shipment of family heirloom restored portraits arrives at the castle, Laura finds one of her ancestors, "Mircalla, Countess Karnstein", dated 1698. The portrait resembles Carmilla exactly, down to the mole on her neck.

During Carmilla's stay, Laura has nightmares of a fiendish cat-like beast entering her room at night and biting her on the chest. The beast then takes the form of a female figure and disappears through the door without opening it. Laura's health declines and her father has a doctor examine her. He speaks privately with her father and only asks that Laura never be left unattended.

Her father then sets out with Laura in a carriage for the ruined village of Karnstein. They leave a message behind asking Carmilla and one of the governesses entreated to follow after once the perpetually late-sleeping Carmilla wakes up. En route to Karnstein, Laura and her father encounter General Spielsdorf. He tells them his own ghastly story.

Spielsdorf and his niece had met a young woman named Millarca and her enigmatic mother at a costume ball. The General's niece was immediately taken with Millarca. The mother convinced the General that she was an old friend of his and asked that Millarca be allowed to stay with them for three weeks while she attended to a secret matter of great importance.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014521475
  • Publisher: DB Publishing House
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 109
  • File size: 239 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    A Very Fast Read, But Very Awesome

    I haven't really read any other vampire books, but I really enjoyed this. The author did a great job of creating an eeire atmosphere. I reccomend it to anyone who likes creepy stories.

    Oh, and I read this in a couple of hours...

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Haunting, sexy and brilliant

    This is a brilliant book ... truly haunting and yet very edgy and sexy. Highly recommended.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Not PG

    This story came out a loooong time ago...its a classic novel and was made successfully into at least one movie. This is not, by any stretch, appropriate reading for children. Its very erotic and lesbian storyline is not likely to be understood by the very young, and the creep factor could prove disturbing. Its a really good read for those of us who enjoy a unique vampire story. Several years ago I searched very hard and finally found a used copy for my young adult son because if you want a truelly creepy vampire story, its that good.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    INOPROPREIT

    THIS IS SOOOOOOOO NOT FOR CHILDREN!!!!!! :Q

    3 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Monica Wilson

    This book is AMAZING!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    ?

    I need to know if its good fr children and if it isnt then why not.

    2 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2014

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    This book has its pros and cons. The first being that it truly w

    This book has its pros and cons. The first being that it truly was revolutionary for its time, with the undertones of the lesbian vampires. Even though Le Fanu does not spell it out, you if you pick up on the clues you can see it. One of the cons is that the book was written in very simple language. But it does not draw away from the plot. I have always been interested with Vampires I always thought that Dracula was the trend setter, but really it was Carmilla. I look forward to seeing how closely they compare. Overall it was a fast and easy read with an enjoyable plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Kittykat

    I am also 12....i want to know if this is a good book for me?

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Paige

    I geuss it's ok.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Repost this!!!

    Kiss your hand 3 times then repost this on 3 differnt books after that look under your pillow...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2013

    Only read sample

    I only read the sample and it takes a long time to get hooked on it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Haunting

    A hauntingly descriptive book....but in such a beautiful way. Definitely worth a read if you are questioning it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Reply back to Shuntet

    Is this book even qorth getting

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    To everyone

    Im 12 and i understood every chapter from this book so who ever said that childer cant read this book shout the fu** up

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    EXCELLENT

    Some of the photos used in this book were not consistant with the Old World imagery created by the author (a little over board).

    But, check out JOSEPH SERIDAN LE FANU. Vampire novelist and readers alike will not be disappointed.

    You will enter another world, another time.

    By the way BARNS & NOBLE, do you know that some of your ebooks of this title donot down load right and canot be read ??

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Amaris

    Dont like it

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    To: AG

    Shuz da fuc* up bi+ch

    0 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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