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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday Guest: Bram Stoker (3)

[ch. 22] “Would it not be well, sir, if one of us could see this monster in her real shape at close quarters?” Precisely this attitude marks the passage from Fantasy to Sci-Fi: see Beowulf when the warriors examine the water monster they have killed

[ch. 28] At length there came a flash so appallingly bright that in its glare Nature seemed to be standing still. So long did it last, that there was time to distinguish its configuration. It seemed like a mighty tree inverted, pendent from the sky. The Anti-Tree, or rather, the True Tree

Here below, a very ancient motif, the Serpent-Woman, but dealt with as only a 20th century writer could afford to. I.e., most favorite quotes from The Lair of the White Worm:

[ch. 20] “Lady Arabella, be she woman or snake or devil, owned the ground she moved in, according to British law …”

[ch. 21] “This one is a woman, with all a woman’s wit, combined with the heartlessness of a cocotte. She has the strength and impregnability of a diplodocus. ”

[ch. 24] Just fancy how any stranger—say a doctor—would regard her, if she were to tell him that she had been to a tea-party with an antediluvian monster, and that they had been waited on by up-to-date men-servants.

[ch. 27] Lady Arabella, who, under the instincts of a primeval serpent, carried the ever-varying wishes and customs of womanhood, which is always old—and always new.
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She tore off her clothes, with feverish fingers, and in full enjoyment of her natural freedom, stretched her slim figure in animal delight. Then she lay down on the sofa—to await her victim!

by Stepharon