I know not what, unless it were the prophet of Tippecanoe, had turned my curiosity to inquiries after the metaphysical science of the Indians, their ecclesiastical establishments, and theological theories; but your letter, written with all the accuracy, perspicuity, and elegance of your youth and middle age, as it has given me great satisfaction, deserves my best thanks. As I have never aimed at making any collection of books upon this subject, I have none of those you have abridged in so concise a manner. Lafitau, Adair, and De Bry were known to me only by name. The opinions of the Indians and their usages, as represented in your obliging letter of the 11th June, appear to me to resemble the platonizing Philo, or the philonizing Plato, more than the genuine system of Judaism.
The house is dark, overgrown, and haunted by ghosts. This time it is the heroine who is the monster. She is still young and virginal, but not innocent, as she must murder to live. Active Themes The Countess is inhumanly beautiful, with long sharp fingernails and teeth.
She is a descendant of Vlad the Impaler of Transylvania. Every night she lays out the Tarot cards, wishing she was human, but her fate is always otherwise. She is attended to by a mute old governess who keeps her away from the sun and mirrors, and lets her out at night to feed on creatures in the garden.
If a traveler ever comes through the village square and stops at the fountain to drink, the governess kindly invites him in. This story is based on many old legends of vampires in Transylvania, Romania, and Vlad the Impaler, a famously cruel ruler in ancient times.
Active Themes The Countess wishes she could keep the rabbits from the garden as pets, but her hunger always overcomes her. In the same way she cannot resist killing the boys the governess brings her, after she serves them coffee and leads them to her bedroom.
The governess then buries the remains in the garden. Carter reverses the gender roles as the heroine is now the one with all the power — men are objects for her, literally food for her desires. The virginal hero is a man in this case. Carter moves from a vague, fairy-tale Europe to a literal time and place, dealing with the confrontation between modernity and ancient superstition.
This is in a way a reference to her own project of finding both the myth in modern subjects and the modernity in ancient fairy tales.
Meanwhile the Countess lays out her Tarot cards, and for the first time ever she gets a fate involving love. The young soldier comes to the ominously abandoned village and drinks from the fountain.
Then the governess appears, dressed neatly and smiling. She beckons the young man to follow her.
As he leaves the village he is overcome by the strong scent of roses. Active Themes The governess leads the young man to the mansion. He is momentarily frightened by its dramatic and foreboding appearance, but he follows the governess inside.
They pass through some crumbling, dilapidated rooms with frightening family portraits in them and then come to a door. The governess knocks and then sends the young man in. The room is very dark, but eventually his eyes adjust and he sees the Countess, a pale young girl wearing an old-fashioned wedding dress.
He is struck by her extreme beauty and unhealthy appearance.
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This is another picture of a decaying, extravagant mansion. The Countess is also a virgin, dressed in white like an innocent bride, but she is a corruption of that innocence — half-virgin, half-monster.
The governess gives her a pair of dark glasses to put on. The young man picks the cards up off the rotting carpet, noting how morbid they are for such a young girl. The Countess seems to recover when he touches her hand, and she makes some coffee for the young man. The governess leaves the room.
Active Themes The young man notices that the bestial portraits on the walls resemble the young girl. The Countess has an inner dialogue where she thinks of the young man as her long-awaited bridegroom, and prepares to drink his blood, but externally she keeps chattering in French. She imagines what will happen next: Active Themes The Countess leads the young man to her bedroom, and at its morbid appearance he thinks of a story he heard about a necrophiliac brothel.The Courtship of Mr Lyon.
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