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Introduction In this paper I will focus on the character of Geraldine My reason to do so is that in my several readings of the poem I realized that not only was Geraldine a dark character she was also the reason and source of all darkness in the poem With dark and darkness I mean images situations and sensations that cause terror and are therefore source of the sublime1 Strong Connection Between Geraldine and the Setting The setting first seven stanzas prepares us for the apparition of Geraldine I use the term apparition because this is the first impression I had about Geraldine and almost certainly so does Christabel No doubt she hath a vision sweet What if her guardian spirit twere What if she knew her mother near 2 96 This preparation consists of several visions of darkness which put together cause terror Owls hoot the castle clock strikes the old toothless mastiff howls Sixteen short howls not over loud2 88 All these sounds are described by Burke as productive of the sublime1 133 It is the middle of a chilly night and although it is not dark a grey cloud spreads on the sky covering a full moon which is also a terrifying imageThen we meet Christabela lovely lady alone and unprotected in the bare wood praying beneath a bare old oak This gives the idea of solitude silence and vacuity all sources of terror1 121 These explicit images of darkness are complemented by something I consider worth mentioning the questions apparently addressed to the reader3I found one
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