The grotesque in contemporary British fiction by Robert Duggan download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Perhaps, however, the facial expression of the owner in exhibiting them contributed much of the prejudice. The likeness was said to have been executed on a wall-panel of the library of the house in Olney Court, but neither of the two old diaries mentioning it gave any hint of its ultimate disposition.
Harden also does good work providing an emotional reality to ground the story's flights of fancy. That such regions in truth existed, seemed amply clear from many things. Ellie would seem to be the obvious choice but she has plenty of governmental opposition. Graveyards held for him no particular attraction beyond their quaintness and historic value, and of anything like violence or savage instinct he was utterly devoid. There seemed to lurk in his bearing some cryptic, sardonic arrogance, as if he had come to find all human beings dull through having moved among stranger and more potent entities.
Only from certain closely confidential friends of Willett and the senior Ward have any clues been gained, and even these are too wildly fantastic for general credence. In his treatment of his wife the strange bridegroom astonished both her and the community by displaying an extreme graciousness and consideration. Something very like fear seized the whole assemblage before the meeting was over, though there ran through that fear a grim determination which Capt. Still, he and his producers are anxious.
Ask of the Lesser, lest the Greater shall not wish to Answer, and shall commande more than you. Moses Brown and John Carter went with Capt. Shortly after the birth of his daughter, an event he seemed to welcome with a fervour greatly out of keeping with his usual coldness, Curwen resolved to sit for a portrait. With hidden powers of uncertain extent apparently at his disposal, Curwen was not a man who could safely be warned to leave town. Ryder is seriously underutilized as Call, whose one dramatic plot point is rather silly.
Naturally there might be many explanations of such things in the rear of a stock farm, and in a locality where old Indian burying-grounds were common, but Weeden and Smith drew their own inferences. The probability that Curwen was on guard and attempting unusual things, as suggested by the odd shaft of light, precipitated at last the action so carefully devised by the band of serious citizens.
Abraham Whipple, a privateersman of phenomenal boldness and energy who could be counted on to lead in any active measures needed. Then, too, there was something very obnoxious about a certain great stone outbuilding with only high narrow slits for windows. An unmistakably human shout or deep chorused scream seemed to answer this malign wonder from the Curwen farm, after which the unknown stench grew complex with an added odour equally intolerable. Later on one man thought he caught some distant gunshots, and still later Smith himself felt the throb of titanic and thunderous words resounding in upper air. Merritt early paid him a call, and was more cordially received than most other callers at the house had been.
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