After hearing so much negative about the novel , both on this forum and within the pages of "Supernatural Horror in literature" , I have decided to try read it and give my first impressions on each chapter .
There is almost no set up to the novel and , without us seeing most of the action that takes place , it just happens .
The First few lines of the chapter literaly feel like they were written by a complete amateur , where every bit of action is rushed over and most painfully spead up , with vital and / or effective passages being all ignored for the sake of having the set up done as fast as possible .
Torn from the society of all he held dear on earth, the victim of secret enemies, and exiled from happiness, was the wretched Verezzi! |
All was quiet; a pitchy darkness in volved the face of things, when, urged by fiercest revenge, Zastrozzi placed himself at the door of the inn where, undisturbed, Verezzi slept.
Loudly he called the landlord. The landlord, to whom the bare name of Zastrozzi was terrible, trembling obeyed the summons.
"Thou knowest Verezzi the Italian? he lodges here." "He does," answered the landlord.
"Him, then, have I devoted to destruction," exclaimed Zastrozzi. "Let Ugo and Bernardo follow you to his apartment; I will be with you to prevent mischief."
Cautiously they ascended—successfully they executed their revengeful purpose, and bore the sleeping Verezzi to the place, where a chariot waited to convey the vindictive Zastrozzi's prey to the place of its destination.
The rest of the chapter , chroniceling Verezzi's confinement in a cave with chains holding him down to the rocky floor of a cavern , except for one arm (here I ask the pragmatical question : where and how did he relieve himself ? It seems authors of the past wrote their heroes into these kinds of situations and forgot that they would logicaly have to wallow in their own waste weren the conditions realy such as they have written out - and even today this error is stil being perpetrated there and again) is not much more evenly told .
Chapter II After Verezzi's cavern was destroyed by a thunder storm in the previous chapter , Zastrozzi has him put in a cottage and an old woman , paid off by the fiend , claims that he was never imprisoned anywhere and that he was but sick .
Yet notwithstanding the deep marks left by the chains in his hands , there is one tiny bit of illogicalness with that reasoning :
Had not those marks still remained, he would have conceived the horrible events which had led him thither to have been but the dreams of his perturbed imagination. He, however, thought it better to yield, since, as Ugo and Bernardo attended him in the short walks he was able to take, an escape was impossible, and its attempt would but make his situation more unpleasant.
This makes the whole scheme rather pointless in the end don't it ?
As Verezzi recovered, and his mind obtained that firm tone which it was wont to possess, he perceived that it was but a device of his enemies that detained him at the cottage, and his whole thoughts were now bent upon the means for effecting his escape.
Oh so the two captives who abducted you and kept you in an underground prison and who are now monitoring your every step and preventing you from leaving of your own accord - are "devices" set up by your enemies to prevent your escape .
What exactly lead you to this unorthodox hypothesis ?
Not knowing Zastrozzi as he entered, he started back, overcome by the likeness he bore to one of the men he had seen in the cavern. |
He was now convinced that all the sufferings which he had undergone in that horrible abode of misery were not imaginary, and that he was at this instant in the power of his bitterest enemy.
Again - you think ?
"I fear nothing," interrupted Verezzi, "from your vain threats and empty denunciations of vengeance: justice, Heaven! is on my side, and I must eventually triumph." |
What can be a greater proof of the superiority of virtue, than that the terrible, the dauntless Zastrozzi trembled! for he did tremble; and, conquered by the emotions of the moment, paced the circumscribed apartment with unequal steps.
Doesn't take a whole lot to make him get the willies now does it ?
Chapter III after escaping the cottage , Verezzi hides himself in some pine trees and lo and behold Zastrozzi arrives nearby on horseback .
"Eternal curses," exclaimed Zastrozzi, "upon Verezzi! I swear never to rest until I find him, and then I will accomplish the purpose of my soul.— But come, Ugo, Bernardo, let us proceed." |
"Signor," said Ugo, "let us the rather stop here to refresh ourselves and our horses. You, perhaps, will not make this pine your couch, but I will get up, for I think I spy an excellent bed above there."
"No, no," answered Zastrozzi; "did not I resolve never to rest until I had found Verezzi? Mount, villain, or die."
He has a point Ugo , he said it like three seconds ago .