By Doug Moench

The second one half within the vampiric trilogy, this booklet starts the place BATMAN: crimson RAIN ended. Batman has destroyed Dracula yet on the expense of his personal humanity. Now the famed protector of Gotham is a vampire himself and needs to conflict his personal bloodlust as he makes an attempt to be the savior of the blameless. yet as his isolation and disorder force the darkish Knight to the threshold of madness, the Joker takes over the remnants of Dracula's undead legions and starts off to ravage town. being affected by his newly bought darkish nature and wish to kill, Batman needs to choose from the protection of his personal soul and the survival of Gotham.

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Midnight brings realization that Aubrey’s sister has disappeared. Polidori concludes, taunting, she “had glutted the thirst of a Vampyre” (283). Polidori’s uniquely unsatisfying final line hardly justifies a tragedy’s heap of cadavers; nothing cathartic is left to retain, but grim spectacle climaxed by surprise. Rather than cleansing and renewing, the ending pollutes. Ianthe dead, Sun–king departed, the Vampire — intoxicated on Miss Aubrey’s blood — free to wreak another leap year’s havoc on a disbelieving world, The Vampyre yields but grotesque comedy with as many deformities as strokes of genius competing for attention.

Polidori had also established a symbolic language that gracefully permitted the occulting of his tale’s most profound essence, exactly what Nodier needed. Complementing his several reviews and articles on the theme that appeared in the Débats and the Drapeau Blanc, two creative works published in 1820 link Nodier, ambiguously, to the vampire: the roman Lord Ruthwen [sic], ou les Vampires and the melodrama Le Vampire, ou Lord Rutwen [sic]. If these titles read as anagrammatic, suggesting the melodrama is the novel inverted and vice versa, the novel bears little similarity to either Polidori’s story or the melodrama, recalling only tales yet to be written.

He was both delighted and surprised when Marsden wrote back to offer to accomplish what Rutwen no longer could and to unite their families through Malvina’s hand and his own. As Aubray completes his story, Marsden is announced. Malvina, too overwhelmed by her ordeal to welcome her fiancé, retires. Marsden, whose resemblance to Rutwen dumbfounds Aubray, admits that he is in fact Rutwen, miraculously saved from death. In a further twist of fate, brother Marsden died in Venice, leaving Rutwen heir to the mainland estates.

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