New Style. Gifford comments that the paragraph running from "But Malachias' tale began . . ." to "Murderer's ground" is largely "After the style of Horace Walpole's (1717-97) Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto (1764). In this brief passage, Haines plays the part of Manfred, the bloodstained usurper in Walpole's novel."

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Manfred beholds the helmet which the huge ghost in The Castle of Otranto has dropped on his son Conrad, crushing him to death. Source: johnguycollick.com.