Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker: Or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (Penguin Classics)

Edgar Huntly or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker: Or, Memoirs of a Sleep-Walker (Penguin Classics)

Charles Brockden Brown

Language: English

Pages: 217

ISBN: 2:00354312

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


One of the first American Gothic novels, Edgar Huntly (1787) mirrors the social and political temperaments of the postrevolutionary United States. 

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Clithero. There was somewhat in his narrative that was obscure and contradictory. He had left the manuscript which he so much and so justly prized, in his cabinet. He entered the chamber in my absence, and found the cabinet unfastened and the manuscript gone. It was I by whom the cabinet was opened, but the manuscript supposed to be contained in it, was buried in the earth beneath the elm. How should Clithero be unacquainted with its situation, since none but Clithero could have dug for it this

my feet. I walked upon a smooth and gentle declivity. Presently the wall, on one side, and the ceiling receded beyond my reach. I began to fear that I should be involved in a maze, and should be disabled from returning. To obviate this danger it was requisite to adhere to the nearest wall, and conform to the direction which it should take, without straying through the palpable obscurity. Whether the ceiling was lofty or low, whether the opposite wall of the passage was distant or near, this, I

obstructed his descent to the bottom. Thus was I again rescued from death. Nothing but the pressure of famine could have prompted this savage to so audacious and hazardous an effort; but, by yielding to this impulse, he had made my future visits to this spot exempt from peril. Clithero was, likewise, relieved from a danger that was imminent and unforeseen. Prowling over these grounds the panther could scarcely have failed to meet with this solitary fugitive. Had the animal lived, my first duty

characters. They were knavish and inhuman, and omitted nothing, but actual violence, to hasten my death. They purposely retarded the journey, and protracted to seven, what might have been readily performed in four days. They neglected to execute the orders which they had received, respecting my lodging and provisions, and from them, as well as from the peasants, who were sure to be informed that I was an heretic, I suffered every species of insult and injury. My constitution, as well as my frame,

left hand was a space that offered some footing, and hither I turned. A torrent was below me, and this path appeared to lead to it. It quickly appeared in sight, and ail foreign cares were, for a time, suspended. This water fell from the upper regions of the hill, upon a flat projecture which was continued on either side, and on part of which I was now standing. The path was bounded on the left by an inaccessible wall, and on the right terminated at the distance of two or three feet from the

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