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Cain: A Mystery

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Cain: A Mystery is Lord Byron's retelling of the classical Biblical story from the point of view of its antagonist. Undoubtedly influenced by Milton's Paradise Lost, Byron's Cain is defiant and questioning. In trying to come to terms with the mortality humanity has been punished with, he comes face to face with Lucifer, who takes him to the "Abyss of Space," shows him a vision of Earth's violent natural history, and gives him a true understanding of death. Upon his return, a devastated Cain carries out the familiar end of his tragedy. Cain: A Mystery is a closet drama, a popular form for Romantic writers, where the script is not intended to be performed onstage, but rather read aloud with a small group. With the voices of: alanmapstone as Adam, Peter Tucker as Cain, Beth Thomas as Abel, Libby Gohn as the Angel of the Lord, Mike Cantrell as Lucifer, TriciaG as Eve, Mary Kay as Adah, Amanda Friday as Zillah, and narrated by Availle.

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This etext is a Latin 1 file. The original work contained a few phrases or lines of Greek text. These are represented here as Beta code transliterations, for example [Greek: tragos]. The original text used a few other characters not found in the Latin 1 character set. These have been represented using bracket notation, as follows: [)a], [)e], [)s] and [)z] represent letters with a breve (curved line) above; [=a] and [=u] represent letters with a macron (straight line) above. In a few places, a single superscript is shown by a caret, and two superscript letters by carets, as in J^n 10^th^.

An important feature of this edition is its copious footnotes. Footnotes indexed with arabic numbers (as [17], [221]) are informational. Note text in square brackets is the work of editor E. H. Coleridge. Unbracketed note text is from earlier editions and is by a preceding editor or Byron himself. Footnotes indexed with letters (as [c], [bf]) document variant forms of the text from manuscripts and other sources.

In the original, footnotes are printed at the foot of the page on which they are referenced, and their indices start over on each page... Continue reading book >>

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