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Thomas Love Peacock () was an English satirist and author. Peacock was a close friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley and they influenced each other's. Book digitized by Google from the library of the University of Michigan and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock. Adobe PDF icon. Download this document as File size: MB What's this? light bulb idea Many people.

Scythrop tears the letters to shreds and consoles himself with the thought that his recent experiences "qualify me to take a very advanced degree in misanthropy; and there is, therefore, good hope that I may make a figure in the world. Characters[ edit ] Mr Christopher Glowry, Esquire The master of Nightmare Abbey; a gentleman of an atrabilarious temperament, a widower and the father of Scythrop Glowry. Mr Glowry regularly suffers from depression and melancholy and cannot abide to see other people cheerful.

He surrounds himself with domestics whose only qualification is a long face or a dismal name. His house is open to those of his friends and acquaintances who share his gloomy outlook on life.

Mr Glowry is apparently a purely fictional character. Scythrop Glowry Mr Glowry's only son. Scythrop's forename was that of an ancestor of Mr Glowry's who hanged himself. It is generally accepted that Scythrop is a humorous portrait of Peacock's friend the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Like Shelley, Scythrop is devoted to social regeneration, and has a penchant for the gothic and the mysterious. Nor is Scythrop conventionally monogamous: he would much prefer to enjoy two mistresses than choose between them.


It has also not escaped the notice of some critics that in both of Shelley's gothic novellas Zastrozzi and St Irvyne , the hero is loved by two women at the same time. Scythrop's impenetrable treatise on social regeneration, Philosophical Gas; or, a Project for a General Illumination of the Human Mind, pokes fun at Shelley's pamphleteering, his ambitions to reform society and his long-held desire to create a utopian society of kindred spirits.

She made a runaway love-match with an Irish officer O'Carroll. In one year her fortune was gone; in two years love was gone; and in three years the Irishman was gone.

Marionetta is a blooming and accomplished young lady; she combines in her character the Allegro Vivace of the O'Carrolls and the Andante Doloroso of the Glowries.

She is pretty and graceful, and proficient in music. Her conversation is sprightly but light in nature. Moral sympathies have no place in her mind.

She is capricious and a coquette. She is generally identified with Harriet Westbrook, a schoolmate of Shelley's sister Hellen. She and Shelley eloped to Scotland and got married in ; he was 19 and she was 16 at the time.

Three years later Shelley left her and fell in love with and eventually married Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin the future Mary Shelley. It has also been noted that in —15 Peacock himself was involved in a love triangle with two women: Marianne de St Croix, to whom he had been attached for many years; and a supposedly rich heiress who fell in love with him.

It has been suggested that there is something of Marianne in Marionetta. Miss Celinda Toobad Mr Toobad's daughter. Celinda's intellectual and philosophical qualities are contrasted with the more conventional femininity of Marionetta. She is the "Penserosa" to Marionetta's "Allegra". Her father, who describes her as being "altogether as gloomy and antithalian a young lady as Mr Glowry himself could desire", sends her to a German convent to finish her education.

When her father arranges for her to marry a man she has never met, she absconds. She later turns up at Nightmare Abbey to seek the assistance of Scythrop Glowry, the author of a treatise that has affected her greatly, not realising that Scythrop is none other than her intended husband. She adopts the pseudonym Stella, the name of the eponymous heroine of a drama by Goethe who is involved in a similar love-triangle.

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There is some uncertainty about the identity of Celinda's historical counterpart. It is often said that she is based upon Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. In Shelley abandoned his wife Harriet Westbrook and eloped with the year-old daughter of William Godwin and the late Mary Wollstonecraft , taking with him also Mary's year-old stepsister Jane later Claire Clairmont.

Shelley had met Hitchener at Hurstpierpont in Sussex in ; the following year she paid a lengthy visit to Shelley and Harriet. Claire had lived with Shelley and Mary for much of the time from their elopement in until Shelley's death in August ; she was undoubtedly very close to Shelley throughout this period, though how close their relationship was is not known.

Mr Ferdinando Flosky A very lachrymose and morbid gentleman, of some note in the literary world.

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His criticisms of contemporary literature echo remarks made by Coleridge in his Biographia Literaria ; his ability to compose verses in his sleep is a playful reference to Coleridge's account of the composition of Kubla Khan ; and his claim to have written the best parts of his friends' books also echoes a similar claim made by Coleridge.

Both men are deeply influenced by German philosophy, especially the transcendental idealism of Immanuel Kant.

Throughout the novella there are many minor allusions that confirm the Flosky-Coleridge identification. Mr Hilary Scythrop's uncle, the husband of Mr Glowry's elder sister.

His name is derived from the Latin hilaris, "cheerful", which is an apt description of his outlook on life. If Nightmare Abbey has a character who acts as the author's mouthpiece, it is surely Mr Hilary. His criticisms of the contemporary "conspiracy against cheerfulness" and his advocacy of nature, the music of Mozart and the life-affirming wisdom of the ancient Greeks are distinctly Peacockian qualities.

Mrs Hilary Mr Hilary's wife; a model of propriety and social rectitude. Nightmare Abbey is generally considered to be Peacock's most lastingly successful work of fiction. Together with four other Peacock works — Headlong Hall , Melincourt , Crotchet Castle and Gryll Grange — it comprises a matching set of satirical works that are quite exceptional in English literature. As a satirist Peacock owed something to Rabelais , Swift and to Voltaire and various French writers of the 18th century; but as a novelist he seems to owe little if anything to his predecessors.

He tended to dramatise where traditional novelists narrated; he is more concerned with the interplay of ideas and opinions than of feelings and emotions; his dramatis personae is more likely to consist of a cast of more or less equal characters than of one outstanding hero or heroine and a host of minor auxiliaries; his novels have a tendency to approximate the Classical unities , with few changes of scene and few if any subplots; his novels are novels of conversation rather than novels of action; in fact, Peacock is so much more interested in what his characters say to one another than in what they do to one another that he often sets out entire chapters of his novels in dialogue form.

Plato 's Symposium is the literary ancestor of these works, by way of the Deipnosophists of Athenaeus , in which as in much of Peacock the conversation relates less to exalted philosophical themes than to the points of a good fish dinner.

Peacock's gentle and bantering sense of satire lacks the caustic indignation of Swift or the cutting edge of Rabelais. Often the targets of his satire are his own friends and acquaintances.


It would be more accurate to say that Peacock's satire is directed not at individuals but at the opinions they hold or the popular nostrums they subscribe to. In the preface to the collected edition of his novels he makes it clear that the characters of his novels are mouthpieces for such things when he lists them under such categories as, perfectibilians, deteriorationists, status-quo-ites, phrenologists, transcendentalists, political economists, theorists in all the sciences, projectors in all arts, morbid visionaries, romantic enthusiasts, lovers of music, lovers of the picturesque and lovers of good dinners.

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November , T. Hookham Jr. His fellow-students, however, who drove tandem and random in great perfection, and were connoisseurs in good inns, had taught him to drink deep ere he departed. He had passed much of his time with these choice spirits, and had seen the rays of the midnight lamp tremble on many a lengthening file of empty bottles.

He passed his vacations sometimes at Nightmare Abbey, sometimes in London, at the house of his uncle, Mr Hilary, a very cheerful and elastic gentleman, who had married the sister of the melancholy Mr Glowry.

The company that frequented his house was the gayest of the gay. Scythrop danced with the ladies and drank with the gentlemen, and was pronounced by both a very accomplished charming fellow, and an honour to the university. He fell in love; which is nothing new.

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He was favourably received; which is nothing strange. Mr Glowry and Mr Girouette had a meeting on the occasion, and quarrelled about the terms of the bargain; which is neither new nor strange. The lovers were torn asunder, weeping and vowing everlasting constancy; and, in three weeks after this tragical event, the lady was led a smiling bride to the altar, by the Honourable Mr Lackwit; which is neither strange nor new.

Scythrop received this intelligence at Nightmare Abbey, and was half distracted on the occasion.I cannot consent to be auditor tantum of this systematical 'poisoning' of the 'mind' of the 'reading public'". When her father arranges for her to marry a man she has never met, she absconds.

Mr Cypress is a friend whom Scythrop had known at college and a great favourite of Mr Glowry's. He had sent his publisher Edward Hookham a little poem of the River Thames which he expanded during the year into "The Genius of the Thames".

Thomas Peacock, Published: Thomas Love Peacock, Published: Unable to choose between them, Scythrop decides to enjoy both, but is terrified of what might happen should either of his loves learn of the other's existence. It may still be under copyright in other countries. Some of Peacock's juvenile compositions were privately printed by Sir Henry Cole.

Fleeing from some "atrocious persecution", she had no friend to turn to until she read Scythrop's treatise and realised that here was a kindred mind who would surely not fail to assist her in her time of need.

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