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In Coleridge's poem "Christabel", why does Christabel leave the castle of her...

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tunka1968 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted March 22, 2008 at 12:50 AM via web

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In Coleridge's poem "Christabel", why does Christabel leave the castle of her father at the middle of the night?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 22, 2008 at 2:44 AM (Answer #1)

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Christabel has been dreaming all night of her betrothed, her sleep has been interrupted, she has tossed and turned consumed with worry.  Feeling lonely and desiring to pray,  she leaves her father's castle in the middle of a cold spring night to seek solace under a mighty oak.  Perhaps walking will ease her anxiety and calm her fears over her faraway knight's safety. Christabel's leaving the safety of the castle also allows her to meet Geraldine and become subject to the supernatural. 

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