My favorite novel is ST. Elmo, by Augusta Evans Wilson (1835-1909). The book inspired me to write THE PRINCE IN THE TOWER. Although my book is not a ST. ELMO remake, the similarities are not coincidental.
To pay homage to Augusta Evans Wilson and her best-selling novel, I introduced ten of my thirty-four chapters with a quote from ST. ELMO. They are as follows:
“He is a rude, blasphemous, wicked man,” said Mr. Hunt as Edna reentered the shop.
“That passage leads to my son’s apartments, and he dislikes noise or intrusion.”
The expression with which Mr. Murray regarded Estelle reminded Edna of the account given by a traveler of the playful mood of a lion, who, having devoured one gazelle, kept his paw on another, and, amid occasional growls, teased and toyed with his victim.
She picked up from the spot where he had thrown his shawl a handsome morocco-bound pocket copy of Dante, and opening it to discover the name of the owner, she saw written on the fly-leaf in a bold and beautiful hand, “S.E.M.”
God help me to resist that man’s wicked magnetism!
“I go like Ruth, gleaning in the great fields of literature.”
“Mrs. Powell received a letter from a wealthy friend in New York who desires to secure a governess for her young children.”
“If she ever marries, it will not be from gratitude or devotion, but because she learned to love, almost against her will, some strong, vigorous thinker, some man whose will and intellect master hers, who compels her heart’s homage, and without whose society she cannot persuade herself to live.”
He strained her to him and pressed his lips twice to hers, then the carriage stopped at the railroad station.
“Edna, my shadow has fallen across your heart, and I am not afraid that you will forget me.”