UNIT 4 Lesson 2 Running away 1) The picture : - What we have here is a still. - The scene takes place in a chapel or a cell in a tower of a castle. - There is a girl. She looks like a Princess because she gas got a wedding dress and a diadem. She is kneeling on the floor and she looks scared and worried. We can imagine she has been kidnapped by a villain. - In the cell, there are candelabrums and candles. There is a niche in the wall with paintings and, in the background, there is a stained-glass window with an angel. The angel has got wings which represent freedom and escape. And he has got a cross which represents death. He has got a blank face with no expression: we don’t know what is going to happen to the girl. 2) The story (part 1) : - What we have here is an excerpt / an extract from a novel written in 1795 by Anne Radcliffe: The mysteries of Udolpho. - The scene takes place in Italy, at the top of a castle, in a cell where the heroin, Emily Saint Aubert is captive. - Emily Saint Aubert, a French girl, has been kidnapped by Count Manfredi, an Italian vilain. She is his prisoner. She has been forced to go to Italy on a donkey . Emily is nostalgic because she is thinking of her lover, Valencourt and of her past days. - There is a third character : a mysterious figure with a black cloak and a hood : maybe she is a woman. Emily can’t see her face: she reminds us of the angel in the stained-glass window. The story (part 2): - The mysterious Lady said she was Sister Agnes and she had come to release Emily from her prison. The two girls ran out of the cell. First, they went through a secret door with heavy purple curtains, then, they went down a small vertical tunnel, next they went through another small door, after, they ran down a vertiginous staircase and finally they stopped in front of a big black curtain which was the entrance to the dungeon ! - During their escape, they were followed by Count Manfredi’s banditti. Part 3 : Emily entered the dungeon and saw a dozen people dressed like Sister Agnes. They were holding torches. She heard a horrible laugh and realized that in reality Sister Agnes was Count Manfredi himself ! She had fallen into a trap !