She comments acidly in "Northanger Abbey" that "charming as were all Mrs Radcliffe's works, it was not in them perhaps that human nature, at least in the midland counties of England, is to be looked for." Jane Austen disapproves of melodramatic gestures as a substitute for fidelity to one's true feelings, and she usually dispenses too with the need for Romantic landscapes as a backdrop to her human drama.
In the words of Olivia Manning, the admirable editor of my Pan Classics edition of the novel, Jane "never describes scenery and sets her characters..drawing rooms and social gatherings..tone is the opposite of what we call 'theatrical'." Her characteristic tone is one of irony and deflating of false sentiment.
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I would like to start with a major example: Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (cathdrale Notre-Dame de Paris) Exterior: The Bad Doberan Minster (Bad Doberaner Mnster) in Germany is a considerable example of the colourful Northern German Brick Gothic.
It was part of a Cistercian abbey that was secularised due to the Reformation in the 16th century.
I say I assume because she appears to have normal hair and is simply surrounded by snakes.
In the myths, where Medusa should have hair instead there is snakes so I don’t see what they’re going for here. The appeal of that top left corner, however, is quite commanding.