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This edition is reproduced directly from scanned microfilms of the one released in 1800 by a company called William Lane Illegible words appear on a rare occasion due to the occasional poor uality of the scans The point here was to recreate the works as they first appeared not to improve upon them In other words this is how this early 18th century gothic novel appeared back in the days when it was still novelIn the original print the author is stated to be the author of The horrors of Oakendale Abbey In a 1814 catalogue by Minerva Press who printed the books for William Lane the author is declared to be Mrs CarverThe book was originally printed in two separate volumes


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    A Gothic romance presented intimately through letters as penned by the characters of the tale; review covering both volumes That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment as cited from the poet Coleridge which consistutes poetic faith is as constituent to the workings of any tale as it is also essential to its purpose The epistolary novel was by the 18th century a duly explored means to instill such a conviction in the fictive – it was by then already a tradition of sorts which was continued by many novels of the era including The Old Woman The narrative herein has a tale told through the letters that pass between its characters which by doing so is able to infuse its Gothic romantic story with close intimacy to the thoughts and emotions of the participants and provides the reader with a confidential place within the relationships between themThe first letter introduces us to the predicament of its author Julia St Edward – recently but unhappily married to her first cousin William St Edward she is now agitated with doubts and confusion – which she relates by pen to her old and dear friend Elinor Safforey Obstructions of inhertance made it a necessity for Mr St Edward to wed Julia else he would have been denied the family estate of Arkley Castle He is not an unkind man but now that the inheritance is within his disposition he feels free to indulge in his fancies; many of these indulgencies is tempted forth by his chance meeting with a couple and their unhampered lifestyle leading to profound blemishes on his character and thereby to great misfortunes for Julia But from abroad comes a mysterious gentleman whose interest lies firmly with Julia herself whose motives are far from apparent and his role in the tale even less so Then there is the old woman – the shadow the spectre the unknown that has placed itself amidst it all – everyone seems to think her but made from those figments of imaginations that dusk so readily presents the mind until one sees her aged eyes in a dark corridor and have them stare backThe Gothic era was perceived by the inhabitants of the 18th century when this novel was written to be an unenlightened period in history – a period that was largely synonymous to what is in our time referred to as the Dark Ages – and whose sole redeeming feature was its virtues bound to the chivalrous and noble moralities that were perceived to exist at that time In accordance to this view are the words of William Havard as uoted on the cover of the original printing Fear on guilt attends and deeds of darknessThe virtuous breast ne'er knows itLack of virtue begetting its own punishment is a theme which was prominent in early Gothic litterature not to mention most of the litterature from that era In The Old Woman as in all those novels that are attributed to the pen name of Mrs Carver this trait is strongly manifested; perhaps this is nowhere clearly expressed than in Mr St Edward's temptations towards the vices of free spiritedness a slow decline which places him further and further away from his humble and innocent wife He is by no means the tale's sole sufferer of villainous traits and all of them are subjected to its transparent morality as often resolved in inventive ways as through the kind of twists which one expects from Mrs Carver's writings As the Gothic genre is wont to be this morality is strongly framed by Gothic architecture heroes and heroines base villains and the horrors of the supernatural Yet while a Gothic novel The Old Woman is set in the 18th century rather than within the actual Gothic eraThis review is based on the Gale ECCO Print Edition of the novel where microfilm images of the original are put directly to print giving the reader the chance to enjoy the tale untainted by the passing of time as if one were an actual inhabitant of the era; the text of this edition is perfectly legible and nearly undeteriorated by time Kessinger Publishing has also made a two volume reproduction from microfilms and Dodo Press has made a single volume print of the entire story; this reviewer has found no way to ascertain any notable details regarding these prints and so is unable compare their value to that of the one I have at handWith The Old Woman ends the penmanship of Mrs Carver – as far as we know since most of the works currently attributed to that moniker were released wholly anonymous Appropriately the tale also shows the most accomplished story and language of the authorship the mastery of which results from a minimum of four years dedicated to the creation of novels The language now than ever bear the signs of the author's impressively large vocabulary borrowing words and terms as often from poetry as from the science of the day Also this reviewer finds this novel to have the most vivid characters Mrs Carver ever created many of which are hard to forget Finally it occurs to this reviewer that The Old Woman is a tale that can still be considered a good one even within the confines of our own time and it seems likely that authorships have never before held such high uality as they do now