by Ann Radcliffe
The Marquis who owns the dilapidated Abbey, discovers them living on his land, but inexplicably allows them to remain, making a mysterious alliance with Mr. La Motte. Ghoulish skeletons, mysterious manuscripts, and gruesome secret rooms are lying around all over the Abbey, and the dark forest holds secrets of its own.
The friendly Theodore warns Adeline that her life is in danger, but he is called away to his regiment before he can explain or help her. Adeline goes through every kind of disaster and terrifying mishap, fleeing for her life when she is betrayed by those she trusts.
This is Gothic melodrama at its best! I lost count of how many times Adeline fainted, but it must have been more than twenty times. She dissolves into tears, is frozen with terror, collapses under the strain of horror, and is prostrate with grief in every single chapter.
Ann Radcliffe wrote some wonderful Classic Gothic/Adventure books! I love her novels!
Ann Radcliffe novels mentioned: Mysteries of Udolpho, Romance of the Forest, The Italian, Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne, Gaston de Blondeville.
(Jane Austen novels mentioned: Emma, Northanger Abbey)