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It has a classic lonely narrator.


A clever boy from nowheresville, he sets out to "fabricate a new and far more satisfying history". So he narrates with the force of passion. It is full of quotations. Within a the secret history of sentences Richard is quoting from Rimbaud unattributed and untranslated.

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It has a charismatic master of ceremonies. It is obsessed with beauty. These books of the current era, and are gaining recognition as the new classics of our time. Much of the horror in this film comes from the strange motivation of the killers—after all who commits murder as part of an intellectual quest for self-actualization?

The secret history underlying inspiration for the act in this instance comes not from a Nietzschean the secret history, but rather via the influence of a soft- spoken and kindly professor of classics, who teaches these five students ancient Greek.

His relationship with this small group of undergraduates develops into an unhealthy cult of personality with a distinctively pagan flavor.

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By gradual steps his coterie of followers become obsessed with bacchanalian rites, a path which inevitably leads to a vicious spiral the secret history bloodshed. On the other hand, the plot's many inconsistencies, the self-indulgent, high-flown references to classic literature and the reliance on melodrama make one wish this had been a tauter, more focused novel.

In the final analysis, however, readers may enjoy the pull of a mysterious, richly detailed story told by a talented writer. the secret history

After winter break, Richard sees the relationship between the secret history others and Bunny becoming even more strained.

Ultimately, he learns the truth from Henry and Francis: Bunny, suspicious for some time, uncovered the the secret history about the group's accident during the trip to Italy by reading Henry's diary, and has been blackmailing the group since.

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The group, led by Henry, now view Bunny as a danger, and Bunny's penchant for playing on his friends' fears and insecurities does little to assuage their concern.

No longer able to meet Bunny's demands, and fearing that he will the secret history them, the group resolves to kill Bunny. Henry forms several plots, the secret history of which is finally put into motion after a drunken Bunny tells Richard of the killing.

The group confronts The secret history while he is hiking, and Henry pushes him into a ravine to his death.

The rest of the novel follows the group's collapse, the psychological strains of remorse borne by the members, and their efforts to maintain secrecy as investigators and other students inquire into Bunny's disappearance.

The other students include loquacious drug user The secret history Poovey, a reader of "those paranoia books by Philip K.


They attempt to act natural, joining the search parties combing over the campus looking for Bunny. Charles develops a drinking problem and becomes increasingly abusive towards his sister Camilla.