Free site book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Woman in White is widely regarded as the first in the genre of 'sensation novels'. It follows the story of two sisters living in Victorian Engl. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Playwright and audio dramatist Beverley Cooper has done a masterful job in adapting Collins's.

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The Standard Ebooks edition of The Woman in White: A young drawing teacher falls in love with his aristocratic pupil, who falls victim to a devious plot to acquire . Free PDF, epub, site ebook. The Woman in White was Wilkie Collins' fifth published novel. The book famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter. Become a member of and you can download five free ebooks Walter Hartright encounters a mysterious woman dressed entirely in white.


The story begins with an eerie midnight encounter between artist Walter Hartright and a ghostly woman dressed all in white who seems desperate to share a dark secret.

The next day Hartright, engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie and her half sister, tells his pupils about the strange events of the previous evening. Determined to learn all they can about the mysterious woman in white, the three soon find themselves drawn into a chilling vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international intrigue. Her dissertation concerns the Catholic conversion trend among the London avant-garde of the s.

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Tente novamente mais tarde. Brilliant and very well written.

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This is one of the best examples of a classy and fancy suspense. Wilkie Collins narrated a story based on the surroundings of an 19th century-England, worried in depicting the prejudices against the lower classes in society, as well as the lack of rights for women, and inspite of doing so coming up a witty and cunning heroine, which was for sure a landmark in this type of writing.

I never expected to love this book as much as I did and I'm so happy I tried it. It's a long one, so be prepared for that. Be prepared, also, for twists and turns and that slam you feel when you thought you knew what was going on and had it all figured out and you got the rug pulled out from under you!

This was written in that grand style English that you just don't find in modern literature. I adore reading it, and if you love the classics, and a good mystery, then this is for you.

These people came from a different time, and what was considered a huge scandal years and years ago wouldn't raise an eyebrow today, so keep that in mind as you read. This is truly a different world. But, human nature is fairly consistent, and you will recognize in these characters, people you have read in more modern tomes, or even people you know yourself.

They are well developed, complex characters that I enjoyed immensely. I love the dramatic swooning This site edition was free I'm sure you will be as engrossed as I was. Victorian England serves as the setting. A drawing teacher is hired to tutor two affluent sisters. Collins shows the fragile nature of women in a male-dominated world. In this instance, the novel resembles a Jane Austin soap opera.

The heroine is truly a damsel-in-distress.

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Her father wanted her to marry the despicable Percival Glyde, and she abides by his decision. Sir Percival strips Lady Glyde of all her financial worth to pay off his gambling debts. Collins created a first-class jackal of a villain with Sir Percival.

The ultimate villain is the Italian born Count Fosco. Rotund Sidney Greenstreet played the role in the Warner Brothers adaptation.

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Secrets play an important part in this sprawling novel. The villains are detestable and they suffer grievously for their conspiracy.

If the machinery of the Law could be depended on to fathom every case of suspicion, and to conduct every process of inquiry, with moderate assistance only from the lubricating influences of oil of gold, the events which fill these pages might have claimed their share of the public attention in a Court of Justice.

But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged servant of the long purse; and the story is left to be told, for the first time, in this place.

As the Judge might once have heard it, so the Reader shall hear it now. No circumstance of importance, from the beginning to the end of the disclosure, shall be related on hearsay evidence.

When the writer of these introductory lines Walter Hartright by name happens to be more closely connected than others with the incidents to be recorded, he will describe them in his own person. When his experience fails, he will retire from the position of narrator; and his task will be continued, from the point at which he has left it off, by other persons who can speak to the circumstances under notice from their own knowledge, just as clearly and positively as he has spoken before them.

Thus, the story here presented will be told by more than one pen, as the story of an offence against the laws is told in Court by more than one witness—with the same object, in both cases, to present the truth always in its most direct and most intelligible aspect; and to trace the course of one complete series of events, by making the persons who have been most closely connected with them, at each successive stage, relate their own experience, word for word. Let Walter Hartright, teacher of drawing, aged twenty-eight years, be heard first.

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The long hot summer was drawing to a close; and we, the weary pilgrims of the London pavement, were beginning to think of the cloud-shadows on the corn-fields, and the autumn breezes on the sea-shore. For my own poor part, the fading summer left me out of health, out of spirits, and, if the truth must be told, out of money as well.

During the past year I had not managed my professional resources as carefully as usual; and my extravagance now limited me to the prospect of spending the autumn economically between my mother's cottage at Hampstead and my own chambers in town. The evening, I remember, was still and cloudy; the London air was at its heaviest; the distant hum of the street-traffic was at its faintest; the small pulse of the life within me, and the great heart of the city around me, seemed to be sinking in unison, languidly and more languidly, with the sinking sun.

I roused myself from the book which I was dreaming over rather than reading, and left my chambers to meet the cool night air in the suburbs.La Dame en blanc Contributors: No circumstance of importance, from the beginning to the end of the disclosure, shall be related on hearsay evidence.

For my own poor part, the fading summer left me out of health, out of spirits, and, if the truth must be told, out of money as well.

Sign In Sign Up. The quiet twilight was still trembling on the topmost ridges of the heath; and the view of London below me had sunk into a black gulf in the shadow of the cloudy night, when I stood before the gate of my mother's cottage.

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