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Free eBook The Law and the Lady (Penguin Classics) download ISBN: 0140436073
Author: Wilkie Collins
Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (June 1, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 496
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: History and Criticism
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I am a huge fan of Wilkie Collins. This is one of his good books, but not as good as The Moonstone or The Lady in White

I am a huge fan of Wilkie Collins. This is one of his good books, but not as good as The Moonstone or The Lady in White. Those two are fabulous! This one was easy for me to figure out what actually happened early in the book.

Wilkie Collins was born in 1824. I am a huge fan of Wilkie Collins. This is one of his good books, but not as good as The Moonstone or The Lady in White

Wilkie Collins was born in 1824. A close friend and contemporary of Charles Dickens, Collins became one of the best known of Victorian fiction writers. He wrote 25 novels, 50 short stories, 15 plays, and over 100 non-fiction pieces. His work showed the beginnings of detective fiction and horror writing.

Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer.

Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and "The Woman in White. John Sutherland is the Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London and wrote the introduction to Chekhov’s The Shooting Party for Penguin Classics.

Every time I read a book by Wilkie Collins, I am struck by. .

Every time I read a book by Wilkie Collins, I am struck by the sensation that if we had lived in the same age and time, we could have been good friends. His style of writing is clear and character portrayal is always fascinating. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and The Woman in White

Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and The Woman in White. David Skilton teaches at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Библиографические данные. The Law and the Lady Penguin classics.

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Home Wilkie Collins The Law and the Lady. The law and the lady, . 9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49. Chapter XLIX. I write from memory, unassisted by notes or diaries; and I haveno distinct recollection of the length of our residence abroad. Itcertainly extended over a period of some months. Eustace the second!"

Note: The law and the lady. Addressed to the reader. IN offering this book to you, I have no Preface to write.

Note: The law and the lady. Part I. paradise lost. Chapter I. the bride's mistake. I have only to request that you will bear in mind certain established truths, which occasionally escape your memory when you are reading a work of fiction. Be pleased, then, to remember (First): That the actions of human beings are not invariably governed by the laws of pure reason. Secondly): That we are by no means always in the habit of bestowing our love on the objects which are the most deserving of it, in the opinions of our friends.

With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.

Category: Fiction Classics Mystery & Suspense. Jun 01, 1999 496 Pages. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Also by Wilkie Collins. See all books by Wilkie Collins. About Wilkie Collins.

IN offering this book to you, I have no Preface to write. W. C. LONDON, February 1, 1875. The law and the lady.

Despite the grave misgivings of both their families, Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville are married

Despite the grave misgivings of both their families, Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville are married.

Despite the grave misgivings of both their families, Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville are married. But before long the new bride begins to suspect a dark secret in her husband's past and when she discovers that he has been living under a false name, she determines to find out why he is concealing his true identity from her. Soon she must endure an even greater shock: the revelation that her husband has been on trial for poisoning his first wife. Convinced of his innocence, Valeria is prepared to do anything to clear her husband's name, and in so doing upturns the conventions of polite nineteenth century society.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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Bralore
Wilkie Collins has become one of my favorite authors. The book arrived timely and in excellent condition. Many thanks. Just an aside note, I wish other publishers would take a hint from Resurrected Press and use a larger print in their books.
Kiaile
The Moonstone is considered WC's best mystery novel. However, lately I've started reading Wilkie's lesser known works. The Dead Secret was extraordinary, and once again a Collins novel has captured my heart.

In The Law and the Lady, newlywed, Valeria Woodville discovers that her husband married her under an assumed name. Neither her husband or his friends or family will speak about the deception bestowed upon the unsuspecting bride. The only thing Valeria's mother-in-law discloses is that she pities Valeria and will speak no more on the subject.

Eustace Woodville, actually Eustace Macallen also will not reveal the reason for marrying Valeria under an assumed name. The topic is so painful to him that he abandons his bride rather than reveal the dark secret from his past. He leaves England and begs Valeria to forget him for her own good. Valeria does no such thing!

The Law and the Lady is a detective novel, an excellent one, in fact. Valeria takes it upon herself to discover the secret that forced her husband to lie to the woman he so deeply loves and then abandon her rather than reveal the secret from his past.

Slight spoiler coming up....Valeria's sleuthing reveal that Eustace Macallen was accused of murdering his first wife. A scottish court gave the verdict "not proven" He was not convicted of the crime, but the jury was unable to find him innocent. Eustace convinced himself that the scottish verdict would forever haunt his second wife, and she would always wonder if he actually did murder his wife.

Valeria's belief in her husband's innocence never wavers. She is determined to prove her husband's innocence, even when friends and family advise that not even the best lawyers money can buy could ever change the "not proven" verdict.

The Law and the Lady is the perfect novel for those who enjoyed The Moonstone or just enjoy detective novels. If you like this novel, make sure you read The Dead Secret, another excellent WC mystery novel!
Mpapa
I am a huge fan of Wilkie Collins. This is one of his good books, but not as good as The Moonstone or The Lady in White. Those two are fabulous! This one was easy for me to figure out what actually happened early in the book. But then he had me doubting myself by throwing in a twist. So I thought my initial feeling was wrong. Which kept me intrigued and guessing. In the end, my initial guess was correct, which is not usually the case with Wilkie. I usually am TOTALLY taken by surprise with Wilkie Collins and I LOVE the twists in his books!
unmasked
When I was a kid, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew. Not because of the characters or the plots (which even at 9 years old I knew were hackneyed), but because of the stuff -- secret passageways, crumbling old maps, Spanish lace shawls, whispering statues, jewel-encrusted automaton birds, antique lockets with hidden inscriptions . . .

This book is the direct ancestor of that genre, although it was ostensibly written for grown-ups, not for kids. Collins seemed to have dreamed up the melodramatic plot and plucky female detective as an excuse to create fantastical settings filled with wondrous objects. It's a Gothic cabinet of curiosities, and utterly delectable.

Here's a little sample, taken from a passage in which our heroine is searching an old gentleman's library for clues:

"On the upper shelf there appeared, in solitary grandeur, one object only -- a gorgeously-bound book. . . . The binding was of blue velvet, with clasps of silver worked in beautiful arabesque patterns, and with a lock of the same precious metal to protect the book from prying eyes. . . .

"Being a woman, . . . I opened the book, without a moment's hesitation. The leaves were of the finest vellum, with tastefully designed illuminations all round them. And what did these highly ornamented pages contain? To my unutterable amazement and disgust, they contained locks of hair, let neatly into the centre of each page -- with inscriptions beneath, which proved them to be love-tokens from various ladies, who had touched the Major's susceptible heart at different periods of his life . . . "

Ah, bliss. And truly, this is not even the best of it. There are pages and pages of descriptions of the most outlandish objects, whose presence is the books seems designed merely to delight and entertain.

A bit of a warning: If you are looking for literary merit of the sort found in The Moonstone or The Woman in White, you won't find it here. But if you'd like to channel your inner Nancy -- and go back to the days when a mystery novel meant creaky old staircases, dusty old books and delicious hidden treasures -- this is the book for you.
Faegal
This is the second novel I read this year by Wilkie Collins. After first reading one of his most celebrated works, Woman In White, I ordered this one. Although, I didn't like it as much as Woman In White, I did feel it was a good solid, entertaining mystery. I've become a big fan of Collins and look forward to reading more of his novels.
Anarus
Good but not one of his best.
Beazekelv
This book is interestin because it concerns the hestation that surrounds two people who want to marry and must face certain objections from family members and society.
Wilie Collins is (in America) an unsung master. Also don't pass up my favorite NO NAME - a female Count of Monte Cristo.