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By Charles L. Crow

A spouse to American Gothic incorporates a selection of unique essays that discover America’s gothic literary tradition.

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It took longer for those who had spoken to her, lived with her, fallen in love with her, to forget, until they realized they couldn’t remember or repeat a single thing she said, and began to believe that, other than what they themselves were thinking, she hadn’t said anything at all. So, in the end, they forgot her too. Remembering seemed unwise. They never knew where or why she crouched, or whose was the underwater face she needed like that. Where the memory of the smile under her chin might have been and was not, a latch unlatched and lichen attached its apple-green bloom to the metal.

There are others. There are real terrors about the indigene – terrors probably neutralized over many decades of colonization in the “above-ground” world, but still, as Gothic is bound to remind us, fully active in the underworld. I shall return to the underworld later in this chapter; we had better be well equipped for the journey. There is a fear about being – or perhaps always being – the superficies, never being able to own – or dig down – into the land. And thus the repeating mythology of the riches below the land’s surface, the mine, the gold rush, all that is brilliantly reexpressed, largely free of superabundant clichés, in films like Silverado (1985).

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