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|Scary indeed ! ;)
Written by Mandy N
(1/23/2006 7:36 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, On the other hand..., penned by Reeba
Quite likely, the way C18th readers lived at night with candlelights, shadows and less protection from the elements like high winds & storms, gusts of wind suddenly blowing out lights--- so it may have been easier for C18th readers not only imagine but identify with the setting of Otranto.
Makes one appreciate the electric light-even if it isn't JA. ;)
People were superstitious, (I think the last witchcraft trial in England was early C18th or late C17th. Yet about the time JA ws born a woman was burnt to death-though hung first.)
People turned out to watch public executions, yet feared the supernatural and later horrid books became a craze.
My impression is they may've had a fear and a fascination of such horrors.
(Like modern people have with horror movies !)
Yet, I must admit it appears even educated, enlightened people found Walpole's book scary.
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