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A gothic novel written by Ann Radcliffe and published in 1797, The Italian concerns a young couple driven apart by the scheming of the young man’s family and a corrupt monk, Schedoni.


Tropes Present In The Italian.

  • Cool Big Sis: Olivia behaves this way to Ellena before the Reveal.
  • Corrupt Church
  • Creepy Uncle: Schedoni.
  • Distressed Damsel: Ellena has plenty of moments of this. She has her fiances mother and Count Schedoni after her, is taken away early from her aunt, is kidnapped, is stuck in a convent and just generally finds herself in large amounts of danger.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Either/Or Title: The Italian, or the Confessional of the Black Penitents.
  • Evil Uncle: Schedoni is this to Ellena.
  • If I Can't Have You...: If Schedoni can’t have the woman he loves, then he will kill her.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Sister Olivia is really Ellena’s long-lost mother.
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  • Love at First Sight: Vincentio di Vivaldi loved Ellena Rosalba from when he first saw her.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: It was love for Ellena’s mother that initially drove Schedoni down his destructive path.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Schedoni is this all over.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Schedoni believes himself to be Ellena's father. He turns out to be her uncle instead.
  • Missing Mom: Ellena’s mother is presumed dead.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Schedoni has a moment like this when he discovers who Ellena is and after he thought he had killed his wife.
  • Parental Marriage Veto: Vincentio’s mother went to great lengths to keep her son from marrying Ellena.
  • Parental Substitute: Ellena was raised by her aunt.
  • Sinister Minister: Seeing as this work and The Monk have so much is common, this is a given. Schedoni is motivated by pride, lust and greed and is responsible for all of the troubles Ellena has gone through as well as for her not having parents.
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  • The Spanish Inquisition
  • Take That!: Written in response to Lewis' The Monk, which Ann Radcliffe was disgusted with.
  • Villain Protagonist: Schedoni.
  • Villainous Crush: Schedoni has one for Countess di Bruno.

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