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Gloomy and Morose and Dreary, the Black and Dark and Sable Armour and Protective Metal Covering was Sinister and the Women Swooned

So you have a “howling tempest”. But is it dismal? Yes, says the first line of The Animated Skeleton, a 1798 novel by an anonymous author. In fact, “Dismally was the tempest howling round the cottage of Jacquemar.” What the story lacks in character development or restraint, it makes up for in sheer abundance of…

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