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Novel (Romance) | U of South Carolina P | 1969
Transcription 43 6EXPLANATORY NOTES
Voltmeier having resolved to break up and scatter the villains comprising
his band, had, by various arts, done so, but was followed by one of them
like a fate —a scoundrel named Gorham, who, by accident, makes his
way to the vicinity of Keovala, but is wholly unconscious that Voltmeier
and his "old man" leader are one and the same person so clever had
been the leader's disguise and so subtle his movements.
At the point of the story where we now introduce the reader, Fergus,
plighted to Mignon, has made a promising debut as a lawyer, in the
neighboring county town, and is enjoying the smiles of all the Keovala
household. Mignon —a maiden of exquisite mold in mind and body, gives
him of the richness of her love, and all promises well. Voltmeier —a man
of truly royal intellect, a scholar, and an accomplished gentleman is
outwardly calm, but inwardly is haunted by the shadow of his evil life.
Gorham is on his trail; the very forest paths seem to lead him into the
toils of his destiny. What that destiny is what the fortunes of the lovers
what the career of Gorham, and of one of Voltmeier's old comrades and
confidants, named Gellert, who fled to Germany when the mountain band
broke up it remains for the succeeding chapters to tell.
258.5 Furze must be one of the seven. I only knowed four!: The
four are Bierstadt, Moggs, Brown Peters, and Swipes. Gorham,
speculating upon the meaning of the figure 7 on the amulet, has
in mind Bierstadt and his employees rather than Voltmeier's aliases.
265.12-13) 265.17-20 See note for 148.8.
347.24-25 The German may be translated as follows: "How nice!
Then I shall bury these miseries in my own exempted ruin!"
388.21 Burger's ride: The ballad "Lenore," by Gottfried August
Burger (174'7-1'794), was widely known during the "Gothic" phase
of the Romantic movement.
399.21-22 The quotations are from the lyric at the beginning of
Book III of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister, "Kennst du das Land."
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