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Written by Emmeline
(3/30/2003 9:41 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: Udolpho and obsessive reading, penned by Cheryl
Oh! yes, I've had that experience.:)
] Much of her conversation with Isabella in the Pump Room is done at cross-purposes, with Catherine constantly referring to Udolpho and what is behind the black veil. Why, even the delightful Henry Tilney takes a back seat to it!
] ”I do not pretend to say that I was not very much pleased with him; but while I have Udolpho to read, I feel as if nobody could make me miserable.”
Well..., even if I had a very good book to read, I think there are things that could make me miserable. So I was surprised when I first read Catherine saying that.
] Even a dressmaker crisis and the prospect of already being engaged for the evening in dancing cannot distract her more than “one minute in sixty” from reading Udolpho. Her excitement and eagerness is quite charming. I fear I am not as endearing when I get obsessed about a book…
] I have not read The Mysteries of Udolpho and would like spoilers from those who have. I did find this post by Helen E. with an overview of the book and revealing just what is behind the veil! Anyone who’s read it find it as enthralling as Catherine did, or was it a struggle?
When I read The Mysteries of Udolpho, I found it a little difficult at first, especially with the descriptions(there are a lot of those), but as I got used to the language I found it easier. Although I wasn't so frightened as I expected to be, I can understand Emily's fears. Some of her fears are imagined, not real, but I suppose I would be just as frightened in similar situations. Btw, did you find out what is behind the black veil? :)
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