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    Ambrosio, the title character of Lewis' The Monk, begins as a renowned clergyman. He discovers that one of the novice monks is really a beautiful woman, Matilda, and she seduces him in the monastary. Ambrosio goes from bad to worse, even enlisting Matilda's help in the rape of a young virgin who has attracted his attentions. Fearful of discovery, he even commits murder.
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    In a secondary plot a young lover named Raymond plans to elope with his beloved, Agnes, but on the night of elopement, he runs off with a female ghost, the bleeding nun, instead.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   religious figure Kind of sex:    -   rape Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Spain

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   rape/molest Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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