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More thoughts came crowding on him than he wished to welcome, but they would not be repulsed.


Lovecraft as “an enormous stride in the evolution of the horror-tale”, [2] and Maurice Richardson also wrote an essay for Lilliput magazine praising Melmoth.

While parts of matuein were very interesting, it had one too many points that just dragged the reader down into the deep, dark depths of boredom.

John tries to approach him, but slips and falls into the sea. At length, discovering that he had been born in Ireland, he resolved to go there — went, and found his pursuit again fruitless, and wnaderer inquiries unanswered.

Believe me, were you folded in thunderclouds, you must hear me!

The old woman, proud of the summons, readily attended, but she had very little to tell,—her communication was nearly in the following words: Bells were unusual then. The house was handsome and spacious, but the melancholy appearance of desertion. The old housekeeper received him with cordiality;—he was always her ‘white-headed boy,’ she said,— imprimis, his hair was as black as jetand she tried to lift her withered hand to his head with an action between a benediction and a caress, till the difficulty of melmotth attempt forced on her the conviction that that head was fourteen inches higher than her reach since she had last patted it.

Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin – a gothic matryoshka

He was told that was not enough, he must relate all he knew. At midnight he started from a doze, half a swoon, half a sleep, which probably the hardness of his seat, and of the deal table on which he leaned, had not contributed to prolong. He dwelt with much energy on the virtues of the deceased, whom he declared to be a particular favourite of the Virgin; and enumerating the various losses that would be caused by his departure to the community to which he belonged, to society, and to religion at large; he at last worked up himself to a vehement expostulation with the Deity on ,aturin occasion.


John was still musing on these things when ,aturin lights were procured, and, disregarding the pallid countenances and monitory whispers of the attendants, he resolutely entered the closet, shut the door, and proceeded to search for the manuscript.

Gothic Horror and the Odd Appeal of “Melmoth the Wanderer”

Title page of Th 1, First edition. These bare walls—what do they present to the intellect or to the senses? Yet it seems that no level of human misery is bad enough to make it appear a less favourable alternative to that which Melmoth offers.

He may read it if he matudin — I think he had better not. One of them was a puritanical weaver, who had been driven mad by a single sermon from the celebrated Hugh Peters, and was sent to the madhouse as full of election and reprobation as he could hold — and fuller.

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. John Melmoth, a student in Dublinvisits his dying uncle. He sat down to read — there was a dead silence through the house. Perhaps still more dreadful the fear will at last become a hope,— shut out from society, watched by a brutal keeper, writhing with all the impotent agony of an incarcerated mind without communication and without sympathy, unable to exchange ideas but with those whose ideas are only the hideous spectres of departed intellect, or even to hear the welcome sound of the human voice, except to mistake it for the howl of a fiend, and stop the ear desecrated by its intrusion,—then at last your fear will become a more fearful hope; you will wish to become one of them, to escape the agony of consciousness.

Your guests, however, will give you one token of repentance while they feed; there will be gnashing of teeth, and you shall hear it, and feel it too perchance! His first impulse was to utter an exclamation of terror, but his breath felt stopped. She exclaimed she was scorched, singed, suffocated; her courage appeared to fail, and she retreated.

The writer, it appeared, was an Englishman of the name of Stanton, who had traveled abroad shortly after the Restoration. He had the presence of mind to acknowledge his supposed miserable condition, to supplicate the forbearance of the ruthless keeper, and promise complete submission to his orders.

His cries were in a moment echoed by a hundred voices. There were also bottles of Wicklow ale, long and surreptitiously borrowed from his ‘honor’s’ cellar, and which now made their first appearance on the kitchen hearth, and manifested their impatience of further constraint, by hissing, spitting, and bouncing in the face of the fire that provoked its animosity. It was at this moment that, in a seat opposite to him, he discovered the object of his search for four years — the Englishman whom he had met in the plains of Valencia, and whom he believed the same with the subject of the extraordinary narrative he had heard there.


When he had finished it, he sunk down on the table near which he had been reading it, his face hid in his folded arms, his senses reeling, his mind in a mingled state of stupor and excitement. Towards night the storm came on in all its strength; Melmoth’s bed was shaken so as to render it impossible to sleep. In the next page was found a melancholy proof of powerful but prostrated intellect. The pit presented a more various spectacle. My voice shall ring in your ears till then, and the glance of these eyes shall be reflected from every object, animate or inanimate, till you behold them again.

They are revived every morning by some delicious illusion of cunning madness, soothing them with the hope of escaping, baffling or tormenting their keeper; my sanity precludes all such hope. There were Grecian heroes with roses in their shoes, feathers in their hats, and wigs down to their waists; and Persian princesses in stiff stays and powdered hair. Whether a soul in this state can be in a hopeful one, it is for you to judge; but it seems to me, that with the loss of reason and reason cannot long be retained in this place you lose also the hope of immortality.

When they arrived, this man scaled a rock at the risk of his life, caught a view of the vessel, pointed out her desperate situation to those below, and shouted, ‘Didn’t I tell you so?

Melmoth tells him The Lovers’ Taleabout a young woman in Yorkshire named Mqturin, who is jilted at the altar, and is subsequently tempted by Melmoth, but refuses his help. When he inveighed against the tyrants under whose bloody persecution those holy men suffered, his hearers were roused for a moment, for it is always easier to excite a passion than a moral feeling.