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* ClearMyName: ''Uncle Silas'' is suspected of murder. When his brother is dying, he arranges for his daughter Maud to go live with Silas, under the condition that if she dies before she reaches adulthood, he will get her inheritance. He assumes that Silas is innocent and such a 'test' will vindicate him, but he's very much mistaken.

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* ClearMyName: ClearTheirName: ''Uncle Silas'' is suspected of murder. murder. When his brother is dying, he arranges for his daughter Maud to go live with Silas, under the condition that if she dies before she reaches adulthood, he will get her inheritance. inheritance. He assumes that Silas is innocent and such a 'test' will vindicate him, but he's very much mistaken.



* NeverSayDie: When Maud Ruthyn's father is dying, he tells her he is about to go away on a long trip. She doesn't realize what he means until he has died.

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* NeverSayDie: When Maud Ruthyn's father is dying, he tells her he is about to go away on a long trip. She doesn't realize what he means until he has died.












* ClearMyName: ''Uncle Silas'' is suspected of murder. When his brother is dying, he arranges for his daughter Maud to go live with Silas, under the condition that if she dies before she reaches adulthood, he will get his inheritance. He assumes that Silas is innocent and such a 'test' will vindicate him, but he's very much mistaken.

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\n* ClearMyName: ''Uncle Silas'' is suspected of murder. When his brother is dying, he arranges for his daughter Maud to go live with Silas, under the condition that if she dies before she reaches adulthood, he will get his inheritance. her inheritance. He assumes that Silas is innocent and such a 'test' will vindicate him, but he's very much mistaken.



* EvilUncle: Silas Ruthyn, ''Uncle Silas'', who conspires to murder his niece so her inheritance will pass to him.

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* EvilUncle: Silas Ruthyn, ''Uncle Silas'', the titular Uncle Silas, who conspires to murder his niece so her inheritance will pass to him.



* NeverSayDie: When Maud Ruthyn's father is dying, he tells her he is about to go away on a long trip. She doesn't realize what he means until he has died.

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* NeverSayDie: When Maud Ruthyn's father is dying, he tells her he is about to go away on a long trip. She doesn't realize what he means until he has died.


* ClearMyName: ''Uncle Silas'' is suspected of murder. When his brother is dying, he arranges for his daughter Maud to go live with Silas, under the condition that if she dies before she reaches adulthood, he will get his inheritance. He assumes that Silas is innocent and such a 'test' will vindicate him, but he's very much mistaken.



* EvilUncle: Silas Ruthyn, the title character of ''Uncle Silas'', who conspires to murder his niece so her inheritance will pass to him.

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* EvilUncle: Silas Ruthyn, the title character of ''Uncle Silas'', who conspires to murder his niece so her inheritance will pass to him.


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* NeverSayDie: When Maud Ruthyn's father is dying, he tells her he is about to go away on a long trip. She doesn't realize what he means until he has died.


* ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}''
* ''Literature/WyldersHand''

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* ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}''
"Literature/AnAccountOfSomeStrangeDisturbancesInAungierStreet" (1853)
* ''Literature/WyldersHand''
''Literature/WyldersHand'' (1864)
* ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'' (1872)


* MalMariee: In "The Room in the Dragon Volant", Richard Beckett, a wealthy young Englishman travelling to Paris, makes the acquaintance of the elderly Comte de St. Alyre and his strikingly beautiful young wife Eugenie. As he is increasingly enamoured by Eugenie, he learns that the Comte (who is not much to look at) is a mean old miser who only married Eugenie for her inheritance, which he wants in order to pay his gambling debts. Determined to deliver Eugenie from her unhappy marriage to a miserly old tyrant, Beckett resolves to elope with her. [[spoiler:Subverted, as only then does he find out harshly that the Comte and his wife are in league with each other and confidence tricksters who have been setting him up to be robbed and murdered for his money]].

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* MalMariee: In "The Room in the Dragon Volant", Richard Beckett, a wealthy young Englishman travelling to Paris, makes the acquaintance of the elderly Comte de St. Alyre and his strikingly beautiful young wife Eugenie. As he is increasingly enamoured by Eugenie, he learns that the Comte (who is not much to look at) is a mean old miser who only married Eugenie for her inheritance, which he wants in order to pay his gambling debts. debts with. Determined to deliver Eugenie from her unhappy marriage to a miserly crusty old tyrant, Beckett resolves to elope with her. [[spoiler:Subverted, as only Only then does he find out harshly that the Comte and his wife are in league with each other and confidence [[spoiler:confidence tricksters who have been setting him up to be robbed and murdered for are after his money]].money.]]

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* RedEyesTakeWarning: In "Green Tea", the demonic monkey that pursues Reverend Jennings has eyes that glow from within with a "faint but deep red light". Indeed the first thing Jennings notices when he first sees the monkey are its eyes, appearing as two "tiny discs of red" hovering in the darkness.

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* LockedRoomMystery: Part of the plot of ''Uncle Silas'' involves a mysterious death in a locked room.


Among his works is ''In a Glass Darkly'', in which OccultDetective Dr. Martin Hesselius sets down five accounts of supernatural visitations, the last of which is the influential vampire tale "Literature/{{Carmilla}}".

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''In a Glass Darkly'', in which OccultDetective Dr. Martin Hesselius sets down five accounts of supernatural visitations, the last of which is the influential vampire tale "Literature/{{Carmilla}}".
* ''Uncle Silas'', a mystery-thriller in which a young heiress must extricate herself from the clutches of her EvilUncle.


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* EvilUncle: Silas Ruthyn, the title character of ''Uncle Silas'', who conspires to murder his niece so her inheritance will pass to him.
* HangingJudge:
** "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" features the ghost of a hanging judge. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for anyone who rents his house, the judge ''still'' likes to hang people]].
** "Mr. Justice Harbottle" features a particularly corrupt hanging judge who is punished supernaturally.


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* IllegalGuardian: In ''Uncle Silas'', Maud Ruthyn is made a ward of her uncle after her father dies, and her uncle tries to murder her so her inheritance will pass to him.
* JuryOfTheDamned: Implied to be the case in "Mr. Justice Harbottle", where the title character, a HangingJudge, winds up on trial in the High Court of Appeal in the Kingdom of Life and Death. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that the Judge is on trial before a monstrous version of ''himself'']].


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* SpookyPainting: The ghost of the HangingJudge in "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" manifests as a creepy painting, among other things.


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* TrialOfTheMysticalJury: The corrupt protagonist of "Mr. Justice Harbottle" is put on trial by a jury [[spoiler:of those he has had wrongfully executed]] and a judge [[spoiler:who is a parody of himself]].

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* DrGenericius: Dr. Hesselius.
* HerrDoktor: Dr. Hesselius is a German physician.


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* MalMariee: In "The Room in the Dragon Volant", Richard Beckett, a wealthy young Englishman travelling to Paris, makes the acquaintance of the elderly Comte de St. Alyre and his strikingly beautiful young wife Eugenie. As he is increasingly enamoured by Eugenie, he learns that the Comte (who is not much to look at) is a mean old miser who only married Eugenie for her inheritance, which he wants in order to pay his gambling debts. Determined to deliver Eugenie from her unhappy marriage to a miserly old tyrant, Beckett resolves to elope with her. [[spoiler:Subverted, as only then does he find out harshly that the Comte and his wife are in league with each other and confidence tricksters who have been setting him up to be robbed and murdered for his money]].
* NeurodiversityIsSupernatural: "Green Tea" from ''In a Glass Darkly'' depicts clinical depression as harassment from an evil monkey spirit. People who don't have their third eyes open to be capable of perceiving spirits just see it as a medical condition.


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* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: "Green Tea". Is Rev. Jennings really being visited by a demonic monkey that no one else can see? Or is the green tea he drinks habitually slowly poisoning him, causing visual and auditory hallucinations? The story's narrator insists it's the latter, and is confident he can cure Jennings, but [[spoiler:before he gets a chance to try, Jennings kills himself under the monkey's orders]].

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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (28 August 1814 7 February 1873) was an Irish writer most remembered for his pioneering work in the horror genre. Many of his stories use MaybeMagicMaybeMundane to unsettling effect.

Among his works is ''In a Glass Darkly'', in which OccultDetective Dr. Martin Hesselius sets down five accounts of supernatural visitations, the last of which is the influential vampire tale "Literature/{{Carmilla}}".

!!Works by Le Fanu with their own pages:

* ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}''
* ''Literature/WyldersHand''

!!Other works by Le Fanu include examples of:

* LiteraryAllusionTitle: ''In a Glass Darkly'' comes from a passage in [[Literature/BookOfCorinthians the first epistle to the Corinthians]], in which Saint Paul says that we understand the world imperfectly, as if seeing it only dimly reflected in a mirror.
* OccultDetective: Dr. Hesselius is one of the TropeMakers.
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