Tag Archives: Joseph Sheridan le Fanu

“I should tell you all with pleasure,” said the General, “but you would not believe me.” “Why should I not?” he asked. “Because,” he answered testily, “you believe in nothing but what consists with your own prejudices and illusions. I remember when I was like you, but I have learned better.” “Try me,” said my father; “I am not such a dogmatist as you suppose. Besides which, I very well know that you generally require proof for what you believe, and am, therefore, very strongly predisposed to respect your conclusions.”

Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla [Bookshop, Amazon, Internet Archive]

Hermetic quote Sheridan le Fanu Carmilla I remember when I was like you but  I have learned better

I have been forced by extraordinary evidence to credit that which ran counter, diametrically, to all my theories. I have been made the dupe of a preternatural conspiracy.

Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla

Hermetic quote le Fanu Carmilla dupe

by God’s mercy I hope to accomplish a service to mankind before I die, and to subserve the vengeance of Heaven upon the fiends

Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla

Hermetic quote le Fanu Carmilla vengence

I wonder whether you feel as strangely drawn towards me as I do to you; I have never had a friend—shall I find one now?

Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla

“If you were less pretty I think I should be very much afraid of you”

—Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla