The Romance of the Forest

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Oxford University Press, 1999 - Fiction - 397 pages
"Set in a Roman Catholic Europe of violent passions and extreme oppression, the novel follows the fate of its heroine Adeline, who is mysteriously placed under the protection of a family fleeing Paris for debt. They take refuge in a ruined abbey in south-eastern France, where sinister relics of the past--a skeleton, a manuscript, and a rusty dagger--are discovered in concealed rooms. Adeline finds herself at the mercy of the abbey's proprietor, a libidinous Marquis whose attentions finally force her to contemplate escape to distant regions." -- back cover.

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'It is the first proof of a superior mind to liberate itself from prejudices of country, or of education.' (222) I read this because it was suggested to me that in the works of Ann Radcliffe and Maria ... Read full review

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I can't say I was enthralled by this story, the heroine's constant fainting in the face of adversity annoyed me no end. It was ok but I far prefer other gothic authors. Read full review

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Chloe Chard is at University of Sheffield.

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