Uncle Silas

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Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas

A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

  • Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher: N.A
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Uncle Silas

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Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas

A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

  • Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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  • Page: 625
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Uncle Silas

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Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas

A Tale of Bartram-Haugh: Original

  • Author: Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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In Uncle Silas, Sheridan Le Fanu's most celebrated novel, Maud Ruthyn, the young, naïve heroine, is plagued by Madame de la Rougierre from the moment the enigmatic older woman is hired as her governess. A liar, bully, and spy, when Madame leaves the house, she takes her dark secret with her. But when Maud is orphaned, she is sent to live with her Uncle Silas, her father's mysterious brother and a man with a scandalous-even murderous-past. And, once again, she encounters Madame, whose sinister role in Maud's destiny becomes all too clear. 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.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, and a very cheerful fire blazing, a pleasant mixture of good round coal and spluttering dry wood, in a genuine old fireplace, in a sombre old room. Black wainscoting glimmered up to the ceiling, in small ebony panels; a cheerful clump of wax candles on the tea-table; many old portraits, some grim and pale, others pretty, and some very graceful and charming, hanging from the walls. Few pictures, except portraits long and short, were there. On the whole, I think you would have taken the room for our parlour. It was not like our modern notion of a drawing-room. It was a long room too, and every way capacious, but irregularly shaped.A girl, of a little more than seventeen, looking, I believe, younger still; slight and rather tall, with a great deal of golden hair, dark grey-eyed, and with a countenance rather sensitive and melancholy, was sitting at the tea-table, in a reverie. I was that girl. The only other person in the room-the only person in the house related to me-was my father. He was Mr. Ruthyn, of Knowl, so called in his county, but he had many other places, was of a very ancient lineage, who had refused a baronetage often, and it was said even a viscounty, being of a proud and defiant spirit, and thinking themselves higher in station and purer of blood than two-thirds of the nobility into whose ranks, it was said, they had been invited to enter. Of all this family lore I knew but little and vaguely; only what is to be gathered from the fireside talk of old retainers in the nursery.I am sure my father loved me, and I know I loved him. With the sure instinct of childhood I apprehended his tenderness, although it was never expressed in common ways. But my father was an oddity. He had been early disappointed in Parliament, where it was his ambition to succeed. Though a clever man, he failed there, where very inferior men did extremely well. Then he went abroad, and became a connoisseur and a collector; took a part, on his return, in literary and scientific institutions, and also in the foundation and direction of some charities. But he tired of this mimic government, and gave himself up to a country life, not that of a sportsman, but rather of a student, staying sometimes at one of his places and sometimes at another, and living a secluded life. Rather late in life he married, and his beautiful young wife died, leaving me, their only child, to his care. This bereavement, I have been told, changed him-made him more odd and taciturn than ever, and his temper also, except to me, more severe. There was also some disgrace about his younger brother-my uncle Silas-which he felt bitterly.

Uncle Silas (Horror Classic)

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Uncle Silas (Horror Classic)

Uncle Silas (Horror Classic)

  • Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher: e-artnow
  • ISBN: 8027247454
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 469
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This eBook has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Maud Ruthyn is an heiress who lives with her somber, reclusive father Austin Ruthyn in their mansion at Knowl. Through her father and her worldly, cheerful cousin, Lady Monica Knollys, she gradually learns more regarding her uncle, Silas Ruthyn, a black sheep of the family whom she has never met. Once an infamous rake and gambler, he is now apparently a fervently reformed Christian. His reputation has been tainted by the suspicious suicide of a man to whom Silas owed an enormous gambling debt, which took place within a locked, apparently impenetrable room in Silas's mansion at Bartram-Haugh.

Uncle Silas

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Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas

  • Author: J. Le Fanu
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 014195888X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 528
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One of the most significant and intriguing Gothic novels of the Victorian period and is enjoyed today as a modern psychological thriller. In UNCLE SILAS (1864) Le Fanu brought up to date Mrs Radcliffe's earlier tales of virtue imprisoned and menacedby unscrupulous schemers. The narrator, Maud Ruthyn, is a 17 year old orphan left in the care of her fearful uncle, Silas. Together with his boorish son and a sinister French governess, Silas plots to kill Maud and claim her fortune. The novel established Le Fanu as a master of horror fiction.

The Complete Uncle Silas Stories

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The Complete Uncle Silas Stories

The Complete Uncle Silas Stories

  • Author: H.E. Bates
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1448215323
  • Category: Fiction
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Bates's famous loveable rogue, Uncle Silas, has a unique range of work to his name. For the first time, all of these stories are gathered together in one collection, allowing readers to experience Silas from multiple perspectives. Some tales offer sly, affectionate glimpses of the narrator's great-uncle Silas – the rural oldster of the earthy, boozy, incorrigible school. But there is also an active tenderness as seen in 'The Revelation,' where the narrator watches old Silas being given a bath by his surly, long-time housekeeper – and realises that their relationship is intensely romantic. In 'The Lily', in a voice at once dreamy, devilish, innocent, mysterious and triumphant, 93-year-old Silas recalls his more youthful days of poaching and wooing. Elsewhere, in 'A Funny Thing' Silas chortles over tall tales of his Casanova days, trying to out-lie his dandyish, equally ancient brother-in-law, Cosmo. There are nostalgic vignettes of roof-thatching, pig-wrestling, and grave-digging. Bates claims some of the stories to be "so near to reality that they needed only the slightest recolouring on my part", citing 'The Wedding,' 'The Revelation,' 'Silas the Good,' and 'The Death of Uncle Silas'. It is in these examples that we see how he was inspired by that “apocryphal legend” borne of “every country child who keeps his ears cocked when men are talking." Silas shrewdly and gently opens the eyes of his young listener to the adult world. V.S. Pritchett acknowledged Bates's gift in the short story genre, finding that he avoided farce with Silas through the use of the "passive, wondering audience" of the boy and the fidelity of style to the "techniques of rural story-telling...Uncle Silas is in fact the scandalizing village memory at work."

Uncle Silas A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

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Uncle Silas A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

Uncle Silas A Tale of Bartram-Haugh

  • Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher: tredition
  • ISBN: 3847201468
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 483
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This book is part of the TREDITION CLASSICS series. The creators of this series are united by passion for literature and driven by the intention of making all public domain books available in printed format again - worldwide. At tredition we believe that a great book never goes out of style. Several mostly non-profit literature projects provide content to tredition. To support their good work, tredition donates a portion of the proceeds from each sold copy. As a reader of a TREDITION CLASSICS book, you support our mission to save many of the amazing works of world literature from oblivion.

My Uncle Silas

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My Uncle Silas

My Uncle Silas

  • Author: Herbert Ernest Bates
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • ISBN: 9780099421979
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  • Page: 189
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A new Granada TV series starting this fall in the UK. Uncle Silas, the rural reprobate, was popularized in H.E. Bates' magazine short stories. This complete collection is illustrated by Edward Ardizzonne's original drawings - perfectly capturing the little red-thatched house atop a violet-banked lane. Over the course of 95 years Uncle Silas led an active life, and loved to boast of his daring fights, and the women whose hearts he'd captured, over a glass of cowslip wine.

Uncle Silas Illustrated

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Uncle Silas Illustrated

Uncle Silas Illustrated

  • Author: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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  • Page: 610
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Uncle Silas, subtitled "A Tale of Bartram-Haugh", is a Victorian Gothic mystery-thriller novel by the Irish writer J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Despite Le Fanu resisting its classification as such, the novel has also been hailed as a work of sensation fiction by contemporary reviewers and modern critics alike. It is an early example of the locked-room mystery subgenre, rather than a novel of the supernatural (despite a few creepily ambiguous touches), but does show a strong interest in the occult and in the ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish scientist, philosopher and Christian mystic.