The Devil in the Corner
Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London. Soon she becomes dependent on the drug - so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone - or something - plotting her demise?
Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination?
Gothic Style: The typical Gothic style, most notably employed in The Castle of Otranto and then later by Edgar Allan Poe, mixes elements of Romanticism, horror, and fiction together. The result is a novel which is dark, and mysterious, often with an unreliable narrator, and events which never fully explain themselves. An example of this is in Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher in which it is assumed that Madeleine rising from the grave was simply a figment of Roderick's imagination because of the poisonous fumes surrounding the house, and the dangers of incest, it is also assumed that many of the fantastical events in the story occur because of the narrator's unreliability. However, Poe never sets in stone if those are in fact the reasons for those events. Elliott used many of these same elements in Devil in the Corner in order to paint her Gothic tale.