A Sicilian Romance (1790) - Ann Ward Radcliffe Unabridged (mp3/m4b音频) 212.4 MBs
Written by Ann Ward Radcliffe Read by Alison Larkin Format: MP3 Bitrate: 64 Kbps Unabridged
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins Release date: 31-05-2012 Publisher: Brilliance for Audible Studios
On the northern shore of Sicily, the magnificent remains of a castle, which formerly belonged to the noble house of Mazzini, can still be seen. It stands in the center of a small bay, and upon a gentle acclivity, which, on one side, slopes toward the sea, and on the other rises into an eminence crowned by dark woods…
The Mazzini sisters, Emilia and Julia are ‘beautiful’ young ladies with many talents. Julia quickly falls in love with the young and handsome Italian count Hippolitus de Vereza, but to her dismay her father decides that she should marry Duke de Luovo instead. After much thought Julia attempts to elope with Hippolitus on the night before her wedding. However, their escape had been anticipated, and the Marquis, Julia’s father, ambushes Hippolitus whose body is carried away by his servants. The Marquis tells Julia that she must marry the duke and after much difficulty she escapes again alone.
Julia has to flee from her various hiding places as she narrowly avoids capture and eventually ends up, by a secret tunnel, in the abandoned and seemingly haunted southern apartments of the Mazzini castle only to find that her mother, thought to be dead, had been imprisoned there for years by the Marquis, who had grown to despise her. The Marquis’s new wife, Maria de Vellorno, commits murder-suicide after the Marquis discovers and accuses her of infidelity.
Before he dies the Marquis confesses to Ferdinand, his son that his mother has been imprisoned, and hands him the keys. However, Hippolitus, who had recovered from his wounds, had already freed his mother and Julia. Ferdinand then finds them at a lighthouse on the coast, waiting to leave for Italy, and they are all joyfully reunited.
The introduction to the Oxford World’s Classics edition notes that in this novel “Ann Radcliffe began to forge the unique mixture of the psychology of terror and poetic description that would make her the great exemplar of the Gothic novel, and the idol of the Romantics”. The novel explores the “cavernous landscapes and labyrinthine passages of Sicily’s castles and convents to reveal the shameful secrets of its all-powerful aristocracy”
This and other novels like this entranced Jane Austin’s Catherine in Northanger Abbey
书籍中文简介(Translated by 百度翻译)：
书籍中文名：西西里浪漫主义（1790）——Ann Ward Radcliffe
由Ann Ward Radcliffe阅读Alison Larkin格式：MP3比特率：64 kbps未删节
朱丽亚不得不逃离她的各种藏身之处，因为她勉强避开了捕获，最后在一个秘密的隧道里，在马志尼城堡的废弃和看似闹鬼的南部公寓里发现，她的母亲被认为已经死了，被M囚禁在那里好几年了。阿奎斯，她渐渐瞧不起她。侯爵的新婚妻子Maria de Vellorno在侯爵发现并指控她不忠后犯下谋杀罪。