Sheridan Le Fanu’s most celebrated novel In Uncle Silas, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from. Uncle Silas. J. Sheridan Le Fanu. This web edition published by [email protected] Adelaide. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at To the best of our. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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I felt the middle section dragged with material that didn’t advance the plot, faju that’s probably due to my impatience with Victorian literature in general.

Uncle Silas is the story of Maud, an heiress to a big fortune who lives alone with her father. Return to Book Page.

Silas is periodically subject to mysterious catatonic fits, attributed to his massive opium consumption. This story tells the tale of a young and Naive Maud Ruthyn, whose father’s death leaves her under the care of the mysterious uncle of the story’s title.

One of a half dozen or so nineteenth-century novels still read for pleasure rather than as a school exercise, Uncle Silas is the Victorian mystery story par excellence, displaying both Le Fanu’s considerable narrative ability and his emotional power. One of the reasons Le Fanu succeeds so well is the nature of his villain. Putting the interests of one’s child first would dictate that Maud go to live with her middle-aged cousin Monica, who has a lovely house, plenty of money, is fond of Maud, and actually does have her best interests at heart.

Hidden out of sight, Maud witnesses Dudley brutally murder Madame de la Rougierre by mistake in the near-darkness. With its subversion of reality and illusion, and its exploration of fear through the use of mystery and the supernatural, Uncle Silas shuns the conventions of traditional horror and delivers a chilling psychological thriller.


According to my rating system, a five star book is one of the best I have ever read. Are Gothic novels respectable?

First edition title page. The descriptions of the places, Bartram-Haugh in particular, are superb. Not only does Austin Ruthyn neglect her, but his will provides that on his death she will go live with his brother Silas, whom Maud has never met, until her majority.

This was a wonderfully engaging read which I have to say was a bit of a surprise.

Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction: In the meantime, Maud is shocked to discover Madame de la Rougierre residing at Bartram-Haugh in the employ of Silas, and she suspects also that Unce may not have fled. There are two great characters, Silas and Madame de la Rougierre.

The plot thickens,of course, and it ends up being a spine tingling Gothic story with hints everywhere of the supernatural.

Maud has unfortunately been conditioned to obey her elders especially male eldersand so much of what drives the tale is her gradual enlightenment — it’s psychologically engrossing.

Uncle Silas

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Lr. The creepy atmosphere and Maud narrat It was winter – that is, about the second week in November – and great gusts were rattling at the windows, and wailing and thundering among our tall trees and ivied chimneys – a very dark night This is a great example of gothic horror and plays heavily on the themes of imprisonment and mental illness.

The plot is a truly turmoil of events and emotions where we can follow Maud’s struggle for survival against her uncle and her French governess Madame de La Rougierre. The Monk Oxford World’s Classics. Maud is asked in obscure terms by her father if she is willing to undergo some kind of “ordeal” to clear the name of her uncle, and of the family more generally; shortly after she assents, he dies.


Kindle Edition Verified Pe. See all 47 reviews. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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Maud finds herself now imprisoned in one of the mansion’s many bedrooms under the guard of Madame de la Rougierre, whilst everyone believes she is in France. The latest Google doodle — a wispy, fanged blonde girl-head floating over a sleeping dark-haired woman — commemorates the th birthday of the Irish novelist Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu In Green Tea, an Kncle clergyman claims to be persecuted by a monkey no one else can see, which Hesselius believes is a spirit from a parallel plane that the patient can discern because of his addiction to sacrilegiously milk-free tea.

A reader reads in the height of almost panic because of this knowledge.

One of these items ships sooner than the other. Silas’s evil is also shown through his neglected children, left to grow up as bumpkins rather than being educated to live up to their family’s station in life.

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Uncle Silas’s power is evident long before Maud loses her father, in the sinister personage of her French governess whose speech Le Fanu renders so beautifully I could hear her and other family and staff members who pop up at Maud’s family home from time to time. I, “The Gothic Tradition”, pp. Victorian authors used too many adjectives and run-on sentences.

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