The Woman in White

The Woman in White In one moment every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth stood the figure of a solitary Woman dressed from head to foot in white Th

  • Title: The Woman in White
  • Author: Wilkie Collins
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  • Page: 452
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  • In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter become In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his charming friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons, and poison Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.Matthew Sweet s introduction explores the phenomenon of Victorian sensation fiction, and discusses Wilkie Collins s biographical and societal influences Included in this edition are appendices on theatrical adaptations of the novel and its serialisation history.
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      Wilkie Collins

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    1. A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens death in June 1870, William Wilkie Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens bloomed Now, Collins is being given critical and popular attention than he has received for 50 years Most of his books are in print, and all are now in e text He is studied widely new film, television, and radio versions of some of his books have been made and all of his letters have been published However, there is still much to be discovered about this superstar of Victorian fiction.Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838 Returning to England, Collins attended Cole s boarding school, and completed his education in 1841, after which he was apprenticed to the tea merchants Antrobus Co in the Strand In 1846, Collins became a law student at Lincoln s Inn, and was called to the bar in 1851, although he never practised It was in 1848, a year after the death of his father, that he published his first book, The Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq R.A to good reviews The 1860s saw Collins creative high point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, The Woman in White 1860 , No Name 1862 , Armadale 1866 and The Moonstone 1868 The Moonstone , is seen by many as the first true detective novel T S Eliot called it the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.

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    1. The only real flaw in this densely plotted page turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promises than it delivers It makes the reader fall in love with its plain but resourceful heroine Marian Halcombe, and teases us with the delightful prospect that she will become the principal agent bringing the villains to justice When, in the middle of the novel, Marian tells her half sister Laura that our endurance must end, and our resistance begin, it seems like a groundb [...]


    2. Beware of spoilers What I learned from this book in no particular order 1 Italians are excitable, dedicated to the opera, and most likely to be involved with organized crime.2 Beware of fat, jolly Italian counts with submissive wives and fondness of white mice and canaries.3 Watch out if your newly wed husband lives in a stately pile with an abandoned wing full of creepy Elizabethan furniture If the said ancestral house is surrounded by dark ponds and eerie woods, expect the worst.4 A Baronet is [...]


    3. DON T READ THIS BOOK, unless you ve got the patience, stamina, and requisite taste for a quintessential mid Victorian novel If you don t, you ll think The Woman in White is terribly overwrought and 500 pages too long If you like Victorian writing, you ll think this is a well drawn, balanced novel with characters to root for, characters to despise, a twisting plot that rolls up seamlessly, and narrated ingeniously from multiple points of view If you re unsure whether you like or dislike Victorian [...]


    4. This is the story of what a Woman s patience can endure, and what a Man s resolution can achieve Walter Hartright, his name is a tip off regarding his character, is walking down the street, his mind absorbed with his own problems, when suddenly In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop by the touch of a hand laid lightly and suddenly on my shoulder from behind me I turned on the instant, with my fingers tightening round the handle of my stick There, in the middle of the [...]


    5. Why are we to stop her, sir What has she done Done She has escaped from my Asylum Don t forget a woman in white Drive on I loved, loved, loved the first bits of the book Oh yeah, there will be SPOILERS so stop right there I loved Walter I thought he was going to be in the whole book and that s where I started to get a might irritated Anyhoo, so Walter gets a job instructing Miss Laura Fairlie and Miss Halcombe I might mention that his employer, Mr Fairlie, was a complete twat Oh well duh, on the [...]


    6. Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend A mysterious tale spun by a writer with a penchant for drama and a lawyer s practicality The Woman in White will tickle readers who enjoy books where the truth lies hidden beneath the biases of characters who deliver their version of the story through a first person narrative.


    7. Walter Hartright a struggling drawing teacher, is walking at midnight back to Victorian London after visiting his widowed mother and sister, at their cottage, in the suburbs to say goodbye, a quiet trip nobody around, the road empty everything s still, not even the leaves on the trees flicker in the blackness, nothing, only his moving steps are heard, thinking about a lucrative job in a faraway county of England, that he reluctantly took, he has a bad feeling about because his friend Professor P [...]


    8. this is a weighty relic of a book it s pretty enjoyable, just don t expect any surprises, unless you have missed the last 20 years of police procedurals on the television set i m sure in its day it was chock full of surprises, but i have to shudder at the contrivance of characters talking aloud to themselves while unknown to them, people hide in cupboards or whatnot, overhearing exactly the information they are most desirous of it does make me yearn for these times when it seems pulling a con wa [...]


    9. I am thinking, he remarked quietly, whether I shall add to the disorder in this room by scattering your brains about the fireplace Written in 1859 60 by William Wilkie Collins and originally published in serial form in Charles Dickens magazine Wilkie and Charles were good friends , The Woman in White is considered one of the earliest examples of detective fiction, though it s really just the better part of the second half of this book that has any real detecting going on Before that you have to [...]


    10. This is an obvious precursor to myriad crime dramas the sensationalist novel I found it long but very rewarding 600 pages of different POV s a novel concept then, but now widely utilized two concrete settings only five main characters perhaps not than 15 in all and it is all choreographed so beautifully The settings are spooky the motives of characters, although well known from the very start and from the intense descriptions throughout, still manage to surprise No matter that The Secret deals [...]


    11. A buddy read on the side with the Non crunchers hold the pants.Hark This book is over 150 years old, but, still, spoilers be us Selling English by the pound.This book has a lot going for it a well wrought plot, humor, some of literatures enduring characters Marian, Fosco, crazy Uncle Frederick , but it could have been cut down by a third and been one fine tuned literary machine I understand the book was serialized and that Wilkie Collins was probably being paid a tuppence per word and was best [...]


    12. What took me so long to read this wonderful suspenseful and well written classic I rarely read mysteries and I was really surprised to find that a book first published in 1859 could be so chilling and mysterious and be as fresh and exciting today as it was in 1859 I started reading the book as part of a group read and the idea was to read the novel as it was originally published in weekly serial format and while I did try to stick with the rules I am afraid my curiosity and willpower got the bet [...]


    13. This book is an amazing teaching tool Not because it conveys any great lessons in life or exhibits profound understanding and insight but because it so clearly delineates the beauty and differences in 19th century writing and 21st century writing.The story is definitely very gothic and one of the best mysteries available It is in the length of the story most especially the length of the writing that will probably cause many readers to balk The descriptions, the conversations, the ideas virtually [...]


    14. Originally published in a weekly periodical between late 1859 and 1860 as a serial story, this is believed to be the first English crime detection novel This is Victorian fiction that combines romance, mystery and Gothic horror with a psychological twist.The story opens with an eerie encounter, in the dead of night on a moonlit London road.In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth stood the figure of a solitary wom [...]


    15. Newest review 4.5 5 stars This was a reread and I enjoyed it immensely So much so that I m raising my rating of it from 3.5 to 4.5 stars First review 3.5 5 stars This was a really amazing book that takes you on such a journey I started it four days ago, and now after having finished it I feel like I ve returned back home safely after having been gone for a long time I don t know if that makes much sense, but that s how I feel Now, this was my first book by Wilkie Collins and all I knew was that [...]


    16. The Woman in White is a gem of a novel creepy, dense, menacing, and always intriguing For a long time, the reader isn t quite sure what is going on, only that it isn t good and it s to Collins credit that when the plots are revealed, they are as interesting as anything I was supposing.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook


    17. A group read with a bunch of Pantaloonless Buddies.A young painter Walter Hartright unexpectedly received a good job offer On his way home from his mother place he encountered a mysterious woman dressed in white walking alone who asked him for directions in the middle of the night and in the middle of nowhere, mind you The guy though that he would never see her again especially in his new place of employment where he taught a young woman painting He fell in love with her way beyond his social st [...]


    18. My friend Nora Ephron suggested i read this Okay, I don t know her, but I feel like she d be a friend Therefore I honored her recommendations In her collection of essays I Feel Bad about my Neck, she includes a bit about books that have completely transported her She says it better than I do about this wonderful mystery I open Wilkie Collins s masterpiece, The Woman in White, probably the first great work of mystery fiction ever written although that description hardly does it justice , and I am [...]


    19. I ve never liked the term butterface I don t object to the objectification I just don t like the sound of it Nonetheless, it unavoidably popped into my head at my introduction from behind to Miss Halcombe, as Collins allows Hartright to ogle the rare beauty of her form and her waist, perfection to the eyes of a man, for it occupied its natural placesibly and delightfully undeformed by stays , before she turns and he s horrified by the revelation that The lady is ugly I.6 Since I like pretentious [...]


    20. I want to say upfront that I am a fan of Victorian writing Wordy, in the right hands, works for me And Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens have the right hands Their words unfurl like the petals of a flower, and at the heart you are presented with a gem an exquisite observation about humanity, or a marvelous witticism They were true wordsmiths, and I would hotly contest any need to edit their works Once we passed the exposition and started climbing plot graph mountain toward the climax, I was hoo [...]


    21. At the ripe age of sixty, I make this unparalleled confession Youths I invoke your sympathy Maidens I claim your tears So finally, finally I got around to reading the classic that is The Woman in White About the book, I am so glad I read it I didn t love it, but I fully acknowledge that it is a remarkable book and, its time, must have caused quite a stir I loved the narration from several points of view basically, every character got their say at one point Even a grave stone got a paragraph to t [...]


    22. This is one of the greatest books I have read in my life It is really amazing that how many great books I have come across and read this year, all thanks to.The book is my first Wilkie Collins and I m really glad to have finally come across him, for he has instantly won a place as one of my favourite classic authors Collin s writing is admirably rich with poetic phrases and a good flare for vocabulary Although his prose is a little long winding, he nevertheless has well managed to keep the reade [...]


    23. Sometimes it is so damn hard to put your mindspace in the right place to enjoy a piece so far out of your frame, and this is definitely one of those books.I knew a bit of what I might expect, after all, I did enjoy reading Drood and so I got a real hankering to read an actual extremely popular novel by such a wild character in a modern book about Wilkie and Charles But that s neither here nor there I probably wouldn t have ever picked this one up without it, though.On to the novel at hand It s a [...]


    24. The Woman in White, by Wilkie CollinsI started this book, encouraged by readers of the group Victorians The type of reading police investigations is not at all mine I ve never read either a Sherlock Holmes or an Agatha Christie, yes, this kind of reader exists In fact, I veve always been afraid of not finding in a detective story, deed characters, feeling, poetry.But, as it would be foolish to reject a type of books without having read a single one, I started The Woman in White Result I m hooked [...]


    25. The woman in white, Wilkie Collins, First Published 1860 In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop There, as if it had that moment sprung out of the earth, stood the figure of a solitary Woman, dressed from head to foot in white The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright s eerie encounter on a moonlit London road Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter becomes embroiled in the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his charm [...]



    26. 4.5 Through all the ways of our unintelligible world, the trivial and the terrible walk hand in hand together Setting aside all the big and little things that don t really stand the test of time, I enjoyed it immensely Moreover, it was kind of amusing to identify all the tropes that were alien to our modern sensibilities and to reimagine them in a perspective closer to us and our tastes And yet, this thought was always accompanied by the awareness that changing the tiniest detail of some of Coll [...]


    27. I bought The Woman in White on the recommendation of my YouTube viewers, I had read The Moonstone by Collins last year and everyone suggested I pick this one up as it is his most known and praised book I was not disappointed The book is told through many different perspectives we start with Walter Hartwright who at the beginning of the book comes across a woman completely dressed in white, she appears to be lost and a little distressed so Walter helps her on her way Walter then overhears two men [...]


    28. This is not a whodunit in the true sense there is no nail biting suspense and the big reveal at the end But it is a very atmospheric mystery, eerie and engrossing To be savoured slowly, like vintage single malt.


    29. This Wilkie Collins classic, written in 1860, is a multi layered mystery written with elaborately defined detail resulting in some pretty amazing and memorable characters The beginning of the story really grabs your attention with the suspicious appearance, in the dead of night, of the mysterious Woman in White and keeps you anxious to find out the reason for her distress throughout the book.This novel was not quite what I expected view spoiler no ghosts hide spoiler and required dedication on m [...]


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