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A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XVI A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XVI

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XVI
CHAPTER XVIIn turning up the ground of the cell, it was discovered that it communicated with the dungeon in which Ferdinand had been confined, and where he had heard those groans which had occasioned him so much terror.The story which the marquis formerly related to his son, concerning the southern buildings, it was now evident was fabricated for the purpose of concealing the imprisonment of the marchioness. In the choice of his subject, he certainly discovered some art; for the circumstance related was calculated, by impressing terror, to prevent farther enquiry into the recesses of these buildings. It served, also, to... Long Stories - Post by : Edwin_Ryan - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1404

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XV A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XV

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XV
CHAPTER XVThe marquis, meanwhile, whose indefatigable search after Julia failed of success, was successively the slave of alternate passions, and he poured forth the spleen of disappointment on his unhappy domestics.The marchioness, who may now more properly be called Maria de Vellorno, inflamed, by artful insinuations, the passions already irritated, and heightened with cruel triumph his resentment towards Julia and Madame de Menon. She represented, what his feelings too acutely acknowledged,--that by the obstinate disobedience of the first, and the machinations of the last, a priest had been enabled to arrest his authority as a father--to insult the sacred honor of... Long Stories - Post by : mymessenger - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 3026

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XIV A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XIV

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XIV
CHAPTER XIVWhen Julia had rested, they followed the track before them, and in a short time arrived at a village they obtained security and refreshment.But Julia, whose mind was occupied with dreadful anxiety for Ferdinand, became indifferent to all around her. Even the presence of Hippolitus, which but lately would have raised her from misery to joy, failed to soothe her distress. The steady and noble attachment of her brother had sunk deep in her heart, and reflection only aggravated her affliction. Yet the banditti had steadily persisted in affirming that he was not concealed in their recesses; and this... Long Stories - Post by : bzprod - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 2622

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XIII A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XIII

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XIII
CHAPTER XIIIHippolitus, who had languished under a long and dangerous illness occasioned by his wounds, but heightened and prolonged by the distress of his mind, was detained in a small town in the coast of Calabria, and was yet ignorant of the death of Cornelia. He scarcely doubted that Julia was now devoted to the duke, and this thought was at times poison to his heart. After his arrival in Calabria, immediately on the recovery of his senses, he dispatched a servant back to the castle of Mazzini, to gain secret intelligence of what had passed after his departure. The eagerness... Long Stories - Post by : cleuch2363 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1489

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XII A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XII

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XII
CHAPTER XIIThe evening now sunk in darkness, and the hour was fast approaching which would decide the fate of Julia. Trembling anxiety subdued every other sensation; and as the minutes passed, her fears increased. At length she heard the gates of the monastery fastened for the night; the bell rang the signal for repose; and the passing footsteps of the nuns told her they were hastening to obey it. After some time, all was silent. Julia did not yet dare to venture forth; she employed the present interval in interesting and affectionate conversation with Madame de Menon, to whom, notwithstanding her... Long Stories - Post by : pspro - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1850

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XI A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XI

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter XI
CHAPTER XINear a fortnight had elapsed without producing any appearance of hostility from the marquis, when one night, long after the hour of repose, Julia was awakened by the bell of the monastery. She knew it was not the hour customary for prayer, and she listened to the sounds, which rolled through the deep silence of the fabric, with strong surprise and terror. Presently she heard the doors of several cells creak on their hinges, and the sound of quick footsteps in the passages--and through the crevices of her door she distinguished passing lights. The whispering noise of steps increased, and... Long Stories - Post by : bradbahr - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1029

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter X A Sicilian Romance - Chapter X

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter X
CHAPTER XJulia accustomed herself to walk in the fine evenings under the shade of the high trees that environed the abbey. The dewy coolness of the air refreshed her. The innumerable roseate tints which the parting sun-beams reflected on the rocks above, and the fine vermil glow diffused over the romantic scene beneath, softly fading from the eye, as the nightshades fell, excited sensations of a sweet and tranquil nature, and soothed her into a temporary forgetfulness of her sorrows.The deep solitude of the place subdued her apprehension, and one evening she ventured with Madame de Menon to lengthen her walk.... Long Stories - Post by : arch3978 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 2779

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter IX A Sicilian Romance - Chapter IX

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter IX
CHAPTER IXMeanwhile Julia, sheltered in the obscure recesses of St Augustin, endeavoured to attain a degree of that tranquillity which so strikingly characterized the scenes around her. The abbey of St Augustin was a large magnificent mass of Gothic architecture, whose gloomy battlements, and majestic towers arose in proud sublimity from amid the darkness of the surrounding shades. It was founded in the twelfth century, and stood a proud monument of monkish superstition and princely magnificence. In the times when Italy was agitated by internal commotions, and persecuted by foreign invaders, this edifice afforded an asylum to many noble Italian emigrants,... Long Stories - Post by : sharyn - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 3007

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VIII A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VIII

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VIII
CHAPTER VIII'About a quarter of a league from the walls we stopped, and I assumed the habit in which you now see me. My own dress was fastened to some heavy stones, and Caterina threw it into the stream, near the almond grove, whose murmurings you have so often admired. The fatigue and hardship I endured in this journey, performed almost wholly on foot, at any other time would have overcome me; but my mind was so occupied by the danger I was avoiding that these lesser evils were disregarded. We arrived in safety at the cottage, which stood at a... Long Stories - Post by : robert5500 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 3143

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VII A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VII

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VII
CHAPTER VIITowards the close of day Madame de Menon arrived at a small village situated among the mountains she purposed to pass the night. The evening was remarkably fine, and the romantic beauty of the surrounding scenery invited her to walk. She followed the windings of a stream, which was lost at some distance amongst luxuriant groves of chesnut. The rich colouring of evening glowed through the dark foliage, which spreading a pensive gloom around, offered a scene congenial to the present temper of her mind, and she entered the shades. Her thoughts, affected by the surrounding objects, gradually sunk... Long Stories - Post by : Raphael_Love - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 792

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VI A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VI

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter VI
CHAPTER VIThe castle of Mazzini was still the scene of dissension and misery. The impatience and astonishment of the marquis being daily increased by the lengthened absence of the duke, he dispatched servants to the forest of Marentino, to enquire the occasion of this circumstance. They returned with intelligence that neither Julia, the duke, nor any of his people were there. He therefore concluded that his daughter had fled the cottage upon information of the approach of the duke, who, he believed, was still engaged in the pursuit. With respect to Ferdinand, who yet pined in sorrow and anxiety in his... Long Stories - Post by : omnits - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 3017

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter V A Sicilian Romance - Chapter V

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter V
CHAPTER VThe night grew stormy. The hollow winds swept over the mountains, and blew bleak and cold around; the clouds were driven swiftly over the face of the moon, and the duke and his people were frequently involved in total darkness. They had travelled on silently and dejectedly for some hours, and were bewildered in the wilds, when they suddenly heard the bell of a monastery chiming for midnight-prayer. Their hearts revived at the sound, which they endeavoured to follow, but they had not gone far, when the gale wafted it away, and they were abandoned to the uncertain guide of... Long Stories - Post by : Lloyd_Buchinski - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1052

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter IV A Sicilian Romance - Chapter IV

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter IV
CHAPTER IVThe nuptial morn, so justly dreaded by Julia, and so impatiently awaited by the marquis, now arrived. The marriage was to be celebrated with a magnificence which demonstrated the joy it occasioned to the marquis. The castle was fitted up in a style of grandeur superior to any thing that had been before seen in it. The neighbouring nobility were invited to an entertainment which was to conclude with a splendid ball and supper, and the gates were to be thrown open to all who chose to partake of the bounty of the marquis. At an early hour the duke,... Long Stories - Post by : Paul_Schmidt - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1959

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter III A Sicilian Romance - Chapter III

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter III
CHAPTER IIIThe castle was buried in sleep when Ferdinand again joined his sisters in madame's apartment. With anxious curiosity they followed him to the chamber. The room was hung with tapestry. Ferdinand carefully sounded the wall which communicated with the southern buildings. From one part of it a sound was returned, which convinced him there was something less solid than stone. He removed the tapestry, and behind it appeared, to his inexpressible satisfaction, a small door. With a hand trembling through eagerness, he undrew the bolts, and was rushing forward, when he perceived that a lock withheld his passage. The keys... Long Stories - Post by : Ankesh_Kothari - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 2926

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter II A Sicilian Romance - Chapter II

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter II
CHAPTER IIThe day of the festival, so long and so impatiently looked for by Julia, was now arrived. All the neighbouring nobility were invited, and the gates of the castle were thrown open for a general rejoicing. A magnificent entertainment, consisting of the most luxurious and expensive dishes, was served in the halls. Soft music floated along the vaulted roofs, the walls were hung with decorations, and it seemed as if the hand of a magician had suddenly metamorphosed this once gloomy fabric into the palace of a fairy. The marquis, notwithstanding the gaiety of the scene, frequently appeared abstracted from... Long Stories - Post by : krissie20 - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 2242

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter I A Sicilian Romance - Chapter I

A Sicilian Romance - Chapter I
CHAPTER ITowards the close of the sixteenth century, this castle was in the possession of Ferdinand, fifth marquis of Mazzini, and was for some years the principal residence of his family. He was a man of a voluptuous and imperious character. To his first wife, he married Louisa Bernini, second daughter of the Count della Salario, a lady yet more distinguished for the sweetness of her manners and the gentleness of her disposition, than for her beauty. She brought the marquis one son and two daughters, who lost their amiable mother in early childhood. The arrogant and impetuous character of the... Long Stories - Post by : harryva - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1556

A Sicilian Romance - Preface A Sicilian Romance - Preface

A Sicilian Romance - Preface
PrefaceOn the northern shore of Sicily are still to be seen the magnificent remains of a castle, which formerly belonged to the noble house of Mazzini. It stands in the centre of a small bay, and upon a gentle acclivity, which, on one side, slopes towards the sea, and on the other rises into an eminence crowned by dark woods. The situation is admirably beautiful and picturesque, and the ruins have an air of ancient grandeur, which, contrasted with the present solitude of the scene, impresses the traveller with awe and curiosity. During my travels abroad I visited this spot. As... Long Stories - Post by : decebal - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 1525

The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XIX The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XIX

The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XIX
VOLUME IV - CHAPTER XIXNow my task is smoothly done, I can fly, or I can run Quickly to the green earth's end, Where the bow'd welkin low doth bend, And, from thence, can soar as soon To the corners of the moon. MILTONThe marriages of the Lady Blanche and Emily St. Aubert were celebrated, on the same day, and with the ancient baronial magnificence, at Chateau-le-Blanc. The feasts were held in the great hall of the castle, which, on this occasion, was hung with superb new tapestry, representing the exploits of Charlemagne and his twelve peers; here, were seen the... Long Stories - Post by : Carl_Gates - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 564

The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XVIII The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XVIII

The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XVIII
VOLUME IV - CHAPTER XVIIIThen, fresh tears Stood on her cheek, as doth the honey-dew Upon a gather'd lily almost wither'd SHAKESPEAREAfter the late discoveries, Emily was distinguished at the chateau by the Count and his family, as a relative of the house of Villeroi, and received, if possible, more friendly attention, than had yet been shewn her.Count De Villefort's surprise at the delay of an answer to his letter, which had been directed to Valancourt, at Estuviere, was mingled with satisfaction for the prudence, which had saved Emily from a share of the anxiety he now suffered, though, when he... Long Stories - Post by : Zuess - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 2449

The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XVII The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XVII

The Mysteries Of Udolpho - Volume IV - Chapter XVII
VOLUME IV - CHAPTER XVIIBut in these cases, We still have judgment here; that we but teach Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return To plague the inventor: thus even-handed justice Commends the ingredients of our poison'd chalice To our own lips. MACBETHSome circumstances of an extraordinary nature now withdrew Emily from her own sorrows, and excited emotions, which partook of both surprise and horror.A few days followed that, on which Signora Laurentini died, her will was opened at the monastery, in the presence of the superiors and Mons. Bonnac, when it was found, that one third of her personal property was... Long Stories - Post by : wayneyeager - Date : April 2012 - Author : Ann Radcliffe - Read : 475