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Shelley's recognition of herself as an author has also been recognized; after Percy's death, she wrote about her authorial ambitions: "I think that I can maintain myself, and there is something inspiriting in the idea". Scholars now consider Mary Shelley to be a major Romantic figure, significant for her literary achievement and her political voice as a woman and a liberal.

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Price may vary by retailer. About The Book. About The Author. Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Your points will be added to your account once your order is shipped. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! The short story, "The Heir of Mondolfo" presents the idea of how love conquers all. It is the tale of struggle and yearning that finally culminates in the happiness of the main characters. The story depicts human beings in the throngs of passion that shape their lives.

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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 22, Quirkyreader rated it really liked it. A short Gothic tale on the same level of Anne Radcliffe. Jan 13, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: read-again , classics , four-star-novels , r-r. The Heir of Mondolfo is a short story that was written by Mary Shelley and published in , more than 25 years after her death. It was first published in Appleton's Journal and was called an excellent example of Gothic Fiction. I would have to agree, I enjoyed the story and it did seem to have almost all of those "Gothic" elements.

It takes place in the Italian countryside; gothic and Italy just seem to go together, there is an innocent, suffering heroine, an evil Prince, a forbidden romance, The Heir of Mondolfo is a short story that was written by Mary Shelley and published in , more than 25 years after her death. It takes place in the Italian countryside; gothic and Italy just seem to go together, there is an innocent, suffering heroine, an evil Prince, a forbidden romance, and of course, a castle.

There's always a castle in a Gothic story.

Mary Shelley

The story begins by contrasting the beautiful Italian setting with the dark, evil behavior of Prince Mondolfo. If at eventide you had passed on the placid wave beneath the castellated rock that bore the name of Mondolfo, you would have imagined that all happiness and bliss must reside within its walls, which, thus nestled in beauty, overlooked a scene of such surpassing loveliness; yet if by chance you saw its lord issue from the portal, you shrunk from his frowning brow, you wondered what could impress on his worn cheek the combat of passions.

The story tells us that the Prince had been married early in life to a Princess who had given birth to a son and then died.


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Years later he remarries again, this time his wife isn't from a regal family and he marries for love. She also gives birth to a son, Ludovico. At first the Prince loves his wife, then he hates her because she is a "hindrance" to his ambitious views, and when he decides to hate someone he really hates them.


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  6. He constantly abuses his wife who is " the slave of his unbridled temper, the patient sufferer of many wrongs" but she puts up with it all for the sake of her son. As Ludovico grows up he watches the treatment his mother received from his father. He dared come forward as her defender; he dared oppose his father's rage with his young courage and the result was he became the object of his father's dislike. His father comes to hate him and teach those around to hate him also, the servants treat him with scorn, his brother despises him because of his inferior blood. When he is 13 his mother finally dies, but not before making Ludovico swear not to leave the "protection" of his father before he is 20 years old.

    She is more afraid of what could happen to him out in the world than what could happen to him living with this horrible man. Now Ludovico is left with a father and brother who hate him, his father's hatred grows as the years pass, and Ludovico lives at the castle "hated and hating". I expect a tragic ending. I expect Ludovico to finally rise up and kill his father and his brother and then grow old alone in this castle the same type of person his father was.

    Ludovico reaches his 18th year, he is hardened, haughty, reserved, fierce and filled with contempt. Then one day while out hunting he comes upon a desolate house and inside meets a young girl kneeling at the side of a dying old woman. The girl "might have been mistaken for the angel of heaven waiting to receive and guide the departing soul to eternal rest, but for the sharp agony that was stamped on the features, and the glazed but earnest gaze of her eye. She was very young, and beautiful as the star of evening. Now, what happens next, what happens when she sees him, or when he realizes who she is, or when his father finds out, or how this story ends, you are just going to have to find out for yourself.

    Oh, and one more thing that is usually present in "gothic fiction"; a ghost or at least something supernatural, you'll just have to read it and see for yourself. It was worth reading.

    Sure it could have been better, but what book couldn't? Well other than Dickens maybe. View 1 comment. Dec 05, Alice rated it liked it Shelves: gothic. There isn't much to this story and as is typical of the Gothic genre, the emotions are so intense as to make them nearly unbelievable if not annoying. However, their are two bright stars in this story: the descriptions and Viola.