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The Castle Of Otranto
     

The Castle Of Otranto

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by Horace Walpole
 

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CHAPTER I.


Manfred, Prince of Otranto, had one son and one daughter: the latter, a
most beautiful virgin, aged eighteen, was called Matilda. Conrad, the
son, was three years younger, a homely youth, sickly, and of no promising
disposition; yet he was the darling of his father, who never showed any
symptoms of affection to Matilda.

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CHAPTER I.


Manfred, Prince of Otranto, had one son and one daughter: the latter, a
most beautiful virgin, aged eighteen, was called Matilda. Conrad, the
son, was three years younger, a homely youth, sickly, and of no promising
disposition; yet he was the darling of his father, who never showed any
symptoms of affection to Matilda. Manfred had contracted a marriage for
his son with the Marquis of Vicenza’s daughter, Isabella; and she had
already been delivered by her guardians into the hands of Manfred, that
he might celebrate the wedding as soon as Conrad’s infirm state of health
would permit.

Manfred’s impatience for this ceremonial was remarked by his family and
neighbours. The former, indeed, apprehending the severity of their
Prince’s disposition, did not dare to utter their surmises on this
precipitation. Hippolita, his wife, an amiable lady, did sometimes
venture to represent the danger of marrying their only son so early,
considering his great youth, and greater infirmities; but she never
received any other answer than reflections on her own sterility, who had
given him but one heir. His tenants and subjects were less cautious in
their discourses. They attributed this hasty wedding to the Prince’s
dread of seeing accomplished an ancient prophecy, which was said to have
pronounced that the castle and lordship of Otranto “should pass from the
present family, whenever the real owner should be grown too large to
inhabit it.” It was difficult to make any sense of this prophecy; and
still less easy to conceive what it had to do with the marriage in
question. Yet these mysteries, or contradictions, did not make the
populace adhere the less to their opinion.

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BN ID:
2940014738484
Publisher:
SAP
Publication date:
06/01/2012
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The Castle of Otranto 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
This novel is hilarious. Not intentionally, of course. No, it's meant to be quite dramatic and thrilling, as any good gothic romance should be, but with all the convoluted relationships, intermingled plotlines, and conveniently placed falling helmets, the end result is rather silly. Dramatic and thrilling, certainly, but also undeniably silly. I still can't quite believe it was required reading when I was a high school freshman, but it made for a unique English class experience. The Castle of Otranto is not for everyone, but if you have an interest in the history of gothic novels or just want a zany, unusual read, you might consider picking this up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth readng.i
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Seems to be readable! Looking forward to this classic ."first" Gothic.
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