Is the mysterious monk who warns Vivaldi also Schedoni, or is it a different monk?
You know Ellena is going to turn out to be high-born; what will her family history be?
Vivaldi may be the most sensitive hero I've ever read about. He is wonderfully high-minded and noble. And I rather like Ellena--she's intelligent, which isn't as common in a heroine as I would like. Of course, Vivaldi falls in love at first sight, but you can't have a hero going around getting to know girls before he falls for them, that wouldn't be right. Ellena actually seems to take a little longer, which is interesting to me.
Mrs. Radcliffe, as far as I can see, seems to have had a thing about monks and nuns and priests. Are there any nice monks in any Radcliffe novels? So far we have just one nice nun, and I don't think she's there by choice. It's a great example of the English distrust and fear of Roman Catholicism, at least.
I'm enjoying Schedoni's character. He gets quite a lot of description, doesn't he? Such as these:
...he seldom perceived truth when it lay on the surface; he could follow it through all the labyrinths of disquisition, but overlooked it, when it was undisguised before him. In fact he cared not for truth, nor sought it by bold and broad argument, but loved to exert the wily cunning of his nature in hunting it through artificial perplexities. At length, from a habit of intricacy and suspicion, his vitiated mind could receive nothing for truth, which was simple and easily comprehended. (p. 34)
He regarded Vivaldi as a rash boy, who was swayed only by his passions; but while he suffered deep resentment for the evil in his character, he felt neither respect nor kindness for the good, for the sincerity, the love of justice, the generosity, which threw a brilliancy even on his foibles. Schedoni, indeed, saw only evil in human nature. (p. 52)
Are you on schedule with your reading? How are you liking the book so far? Are you wondering how the story is going to stretch out for 300+ more pages? Because I am.