The Romance of the Forest

What are the motifs in The Romance of the Forest by Ann Ward Radcliffe?

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Portrayal of religious figures is a recurring idea. Although this theme is understated, it is interesting to look at the way the Radcliffe portrays religion and religious characters in her novel. The Lady Abbess of the second convent in which Adeline stays is deceitful and even cruel to Adeline. Because of this nun's deception when trying to convince Adeline to take her vows, Adeline's time in the convent is very unhappy. As a result of this treatment, one would think that Adeline would have a bad attitude toward religion. Adeline, however, often prays to God for guidance and protection. She seems to have retained her faith in God despite her bad experiences in the convent.