Gothic Classics for October

With the nights drawing in, and halloween around the corner, we thought it would be fun to recommend three gothic tales from three leading ladies in literature.  From the over-the-top melodramatic Wuthering Heights to Austen's satirical take on the genre in Northanger Abbey, here are some quotes to lure you in.


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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

“I’m wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through tears, and yearning for it through the walls of an aching heart: but really with it, and in it.”

“I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free... Why am I so changed? I'm sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills.”


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."

“I would always rather be happy than dignified."

"It is far better to ensure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you."

"I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into it's expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst it's perils."


Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure is a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."

"It is only a novel... or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language."

"If adventures will not befall a young lady in her on village, she must seek them abroad."


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