Malachias' tale

New Style. "But Malachias' tale began... It is haunted. Murderer's ground": in this paragraph, Oxen takes on the language of the Gothic novels of the late 18th and 19th centuries to present Mulligan's account of how Haines unexpectedly showed up at a gathering, apparently George Moore's salon, earlier in the evening. Actions and references in this passage echo the first Gothic novel, Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto (1764), but the language seems far more indebted to The House by the Churchyard (1863), a mystery novel by Irish writer Sheridan Le Fanu that contains Gothic elements.

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Sir Joshua Reynolds's ca. 1757 oil on canvas portrait of Horace Walpole, held in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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

  1873 photograph of Sheridan Le Fanu. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Damien Slattery's 2013 photograph of the childhood home of Sheridan Le Fanu in Chapelizod, the inspiration for The House in the Churchyard.
Source: Wikimedia Commons.