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Bride of Lammermoor

Bride of Lammermoor

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by Walter Scott

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The most haunting and Shakespearean of Sir Water Scott's novels, The Bride of Lammermoor is a fast-paced tragedy set in late seventeenth-century Scotland. The book opens as Lord Ravenswood dies in a furious rage, deprived of his title and removed from his estate by a clever lawyer, Sir William Ashton.His son, the Master of Ravenswood, inherits his


The most haunting and Shakespearean of Sir Water Scott's novels, The Bride of Lammermoor is a fast-paced tragedy set in late seventeenth-century Scotland. The book opens as Lord Ravenswood dies in a furious rage, deprived of his title and removed from his estate by a clever lawyer, Sir William Ashton.His son, the Master of Ravenswood, inherits his father's bitterness against Ashton, and lives in his family's sole remaining homestead, the ruined tower of Wolf's Crag. But when Ravenswood falls in love with Ashton's daughter, the shy, beautiful Lucy, her diabolical mother takes extreme measures to thwart the match. Lady Ashton forces her daughter to marry another man, the Laird of Bucklaw, and Lucy agrees, despairing that her true love has abandoned her. When Ravenswood reappears directly after the wedding, he flies into a fury and challenges Lucy's husband and brother to duels. That same night, Lucy stabs Bucklaw and dies soon after. Ravenswood, rushing to meet his erstwhile opponents, dies as well, swallowed by quicksand. A story of immense, gloomy power, infused with unforgiving spirit and loneliness of the Scottish Isles, The Bride of Lammermoor's somber tone is relieved by the comic effect of Ravenswood's elderly butler, Caleb Baldertsone, and his increasingly desperate and ridiculous attempts to rehabilitate the family's name.

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Library Journal
Published in 1819 and 1824, respectively, these titles are typical of Scott's historical soap operas involving revenge, kidnapping, love, political turmoil, and what have you. To help readers understand the Scottish dialect in Scott's writing, these include glossaries as well as scholarly introductions. Both books are based on Scott's original texts. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
This new edition restores the action of the novel to 1703, before the Union of Scotland and England in 1707, rather than after it, which is where Scott's revisions of 1830 placed it. Critical apparatus includes an account of the textual history of the novel, explanatory notes, a list of verbal changes from the first-edition text, and a glossary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 - 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time.
Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

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The Bride Of Lammermoor 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seems to be readable with only occasional mis-scanned glitches.
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I was about to read said "synopsis" but thankfully I saw your post first so was saved the ruined ending. Thank you for alerting me (and any other potential reader.) I agree. It is in very bad form and very rude to give away the ending of a book. It deprives us the enjoyment of discovering out for ourselves what is coming. I wish more people would think of others before they thoughtlessly write things like that.
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(*Sigh*) Well, what now is the point of actually reading this book, since you've just killed any suspense this story might have held? Is there some reason you felt compelled to publish the ending??? Does anyone on this planet understand that publshing the ending of a novel within a "synopsis" without a spoiler alert is just plain arrogance and bad manners? Try to understand that not everyone may have actually READ this story yet!!
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Walter Scott's THE BRIDE OF LAMMERMOOR is based on a real, though variously reported incident in 17th Century Scottish history, the Dalrymple tragedy. In 1669 Janet Dalrymple, daughter of Viscount Stair, married David Dunbar. Earlier she had been secretly engaged to Lord Rutherford. Pressure from parents had forced her to back out of that commitment. On the wedding night the groom was found stabbed and the unwilling bride cowering insane in a bedroom fireplace. He recovered but would never discuss what had happened. Janet died within three weeks. This tale Walter Scott heard as a young boy from both a great aunt and his mother. The facts of the case tied the novelist's hands regarding the fate of Janet- derived Lucy Ashton: there could be no happy ending. In an 1828 essay the future Cardinal John Henry Newman said that, like HAMLET's Ophelia and like Romeo and Juliet, Lucy is 'too good for the termination to which the plot leads. ... in these cases there is something inconsistent with correct beauty, and therefore unpoetical.' In other words, God, the author of all beauty, could not have intended such an ending. *** This thought helps us understand the unrelenting religious dimension of THE BRIDE OF LAMMERMOOR -- Lammermoor being an area of southeastern Scotland near 'the German Sea.' 17 year old Lucy Ashton, of a rigorously Presbyterian, politically Whig family, falls in love with young Edgar Ravenswood, last, impoverished but proud and vengeful representative of one of Scotland's oldest, noblest families. His father Alan has just died at novel's beginning, driven to a bitter death by the unabating and successful effort of Lucy's father, Sir William Ashton, to acquire almost all the Ravenswoods' estates, including its principal residence. *** Sir WIlliam is also a local magistrate and he upholds a petition by local Presbyterians to prevent an Episcopal priest's officiating at Cavalier Alan Ravenswood's funeral. Through a series of complex developments Edgar saves the life of Sir William and Lucy from an angry bull. The two young people fall in love and plight their troths. Sir WIlliam sees possible political advantage to a marriage but Lucy's arrogant, dominating, noble Douglas mother Lady Eleanor returns post-haste from London and circles near Queen Anne to break the engagement so that Lucy can marry a man of mother's choosing. *** A Presbyterian clergyman upholds the right of a father 'obviously henpecked' to break a daughter's pledge to marry without his consent, citing NUMBERS XXX: 2-5. *** In a dramatic scene on the day Lucy reluctantly signs her marriage papers, Edgar Ravenswood breaks in and demands to know if she wants him to renounce his previous rights. She is silent but obeys her mother and father. Referring to the Ashtons' use of Scripture, Edgar erupts to Lucy: 'And is this all? ... Are you willing to barter sworn faith, the exercise of free-will, and the feelings of mutual affection, to this wretched hypocritical sophistry?' 'Vol. III. Ch. 33' *** Lucy weds her mother's choice and a few days later on their bridal night stabs him. Challenged to duels by both groom and Lucy's brother, Colonel Ashton, Edgar races from his family's last property, Wolfscrag Tower high above the sea, to meet Colonel Ashton. He ignores a dangerous sea driven by the east wind to narrow the always small space left below a cliff for safe passage and rides his horse into deep quicksand. Neither man nor horse is recovered. *** This is also a Gothic novel with omens piled upon omens, dire prophecies just daring free-will not to see them fulfilled, politics of Scotland just before its dissolution into the 1707 United Kingdom. And, of course, this novel produced the most famous of the 85 operas derived from Sir Walter Scott, Donizetti's LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR. This is Walter Scott at his