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The Monk

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Zusatztext “The whole work is distinguished by the variety and impressiveness of its incidents; and the author every-where discovers an imagination rich! powerful! and fervid.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge Informationen zum Autor Hugh Thomas (Lord Thomas of Swynnerton) is widely known for his work on the history of Spain, including his epic masterpiece The Spanish Civil War , available as a Modern Library Paperback. Klappentext When Matthew Lewis's The Monk was published in 1796! readers were shocked by this gripping and horrific novel. Lewis's story! which drove the House of Commons—of which he was a member—to deem him licentious and perverse! follows the abbot Ambrosio as he is tempted into a world of incest! murder! and torture by a young girl who has concealed herself in his monastery disguised as a boy. As Ambrosio spirals into hell! the reader encounters an array of haunting characters: the innocent virgin! the Bleeding Nun! the Wandering Jew! an evil prioress! and Lucifer himself. This Modern Library Paperback Classic! set from the unexpurgated first edition of 1796! brings to a new generation of readers a timeless classic of gothic fiction that has influenced writers from Byron and Emily Brontë to Poe and Hawthorne. Chapter I ———Lord Angelo is precise; Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses That his blood flows, or that his appetite Is more to bread than stone. Measure for Measure. Scarcely had the abbey-bell tolled for five minutes, and already was the church of the Capuchins thronged with auditors. Do not encourage the idea, that the crowd was assembled either from motives of piety or thirst of information. But very few were influenced by those reasons; and in a city where superstition reigns with such despotic sway as in Madrid, to seek for true devotion would be a fruitless attempt. The audience now assembled in the Capuchin church was collected by various causes, but all of them were foreign to the ostensible motive. The women came to show themselves, the men to see the women: some were attracted by curiosity to hear an orator so celebrated; some came, because they had no better means of employing their time till the play began; some, from being assured that it would be impossible to find places in the church; and one half of Madrid was brought thither by expecting to meet the other half. The only persons truly anxious to hear the preacher, were a few antiquated devotees, and half a dozen rival orators, determined to find fault with and ridicule the discourse. As to the remainder of the audience, the sermon might have been omitted altogether, certainly without their being disappointed, and very probably without their perceiving the omission. Whatever was the occasion, it is at least certain, that the Capuchin church had never witnessed a more numerous assembly. Every corner was filled, every seat was occupied. The very statues which ornamented the long aisles were pressed into the service. Boys suspended themselves upon the wings of cherubims; St. Francis and St. Mark bore each a spectator on his shoulders; and St. Agatha found herself under the necessity of carrying double. The consequence was, that, in spite of all their hurry and expedition, our two newcomers, on entering the church, looked round in vain for places. However, the old woman continued to move forwards. In vain were exclamations of displeasure vented against her from all sides: in vain was she addressed with—“I assure you, Segnora, there are no places here.”—“I beg, Segnora, that you will not crowd me so intolerably!”—“Segnora, you cannot pass this way. Bless me! How can people be so troublesome!”—The old woman was obstinate, and on she went. By dint of perseverance and two brawny arms she made a passage through the crowd, and managed to bustle herself into the very body of the church, at no great distance from the pulpit. Her compan...

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Authors Collectif, M. G. Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Matthew Gregory Lewis, Hugh Thomas
Assisted by Hugh Thomas (Introduction)
Publisher Modern Library PRH US
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 09.04.2002
EAN 9780375759161
ISBN 978-0-375-75916-1
No. of pages 400
Dimensions 140 mm x 216 mm x 19 mm
Series Modern Library Classics
Modern Library Classics
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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