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Walter Hartright , a young drawing teacher who lives in London, needs a job and an escape from the city for the autumn months. Pesca tells Walter that he has found a job for him teaching art to a pair of young ladies in Cumberland, at a place called Limmeridge House, in the employment of a man named Mr. Walter is somewhat uneasy about the job but accepts. On the road he meets a young woman dressed head to toe in white clothes.SEE VIDEO BY TOPIC: Book Club Review: The Woman In White
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins ,. Matthew Sweet Annotations. 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 'In one moment, every drop of blood in my body was brought to a stop 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published February 27th by Penguin Classics first published November 26th More Details Original Title.
Audie Award for Classic Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Woman in White , please sign up. At that time, Laura was officially deceased. In reality, Laura was still alive, and her half-sister Anne Catherick layed in the tomb with Laura's name on it. But, only a few people knew and accepted that. The legal paper trail all stated it was Laura that was deceased.
David This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Presumably Laura might have been required to produce copies of her birth certificate and Sir Percival's death certificate in order to get married, but …more Presumably Laura might have been required to produce copies of her birth certificate and Sir Percival's death certificate in order to get married, but she wouldn't have been required to produce her own death certificate.
There's an amusing paradox here. When asked if she knew of any legal reason why she couldn't marry Walter, she was hardly going to admit, "I can't marry him because I'm dead. The biggest problem I can see is that they would have had to give the registrar 21 days notice of their intention to marry, so would have been banking on Fosco and his spies not paying attention to the official announcements during that 21 day period.
I don't know how widely the information would have been broadcast in , but it would have been quite a risk. Although I imagine it was a lot easier to get away with that kind of deception with no Facebook and the like to spread the news around. Bear in mind also that Sir Percival legitimised his own claims to his title simply by doctoring the official register - it was as easy as that in This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I don't know if this was answered in the book, but why did Laura's father request her to marry sir Glyde?
Gazal It is a hunch since the writer has never portrayed the true relationship between Sir Percival and Laura's father. It can be determined that Sir …more It is a hunch since the writer has never portrayed the true relationship between Sir Percival and Laura's father. It can be determined that Sir Percival somehow or the other managed to maintain his charm with Laura's father or he might have blackmailed her father with Anne's secret. The family name and honour was the uppermost in those days hence it might be the latter.
See all 25 questions about The Woman in White…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Woman in White. Nov 25, Bill Kerwin rated it it was amazing Shelves: detective-mystery , gothic , 19th-c-brit. The only real flaw in this densely plotted page-turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promises more 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 The only real flaw in this densely plotted page-turner of a novel is that in the end it slightly disappoints because it promises more than it delivers.
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 groundbreaking feminist principle, and a little later Collins gives us the perfect metaphor for liberation when Marian divests herself of much of her cumbersome Victorian clothing so that she may safely climb out on a roof to eavesdrop on her enemies. Nevertheless, the intricate resolution is absorbing even if the last hundred pages seem too crowded and rushed and the ending although perhaps too pat is satisfying.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention Count Fosco! He is--particularly in Marian's grudgingly admiring description--one of the most fascinating and dangerous villains of all mystery fiction. View all 63 comments. 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. Beware of fat, jolly Italian counts with submissive wives and fondness of white mice and canaries.
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. A Beware of spoilers! A Baronet is not always noble, and his impressive manor and estate might be mortgaged to the hilt. Instead of being the lady of the house, you might be forced to pay HIS debts. Make sure that the marriage settlement is settled in your favor before marrying.
Never marry for convenience or enter into any legal agreement when you are: a. Intelligent, resourceful women are likely to be mannish, and even actually HAVE a mustache, but are strong and have good figures. They can also be relied on to provide intelligent conversation when your beautiful but fragile wives are too busy swooning. Shutting yourself up in a medieval vestry full of combustible materials with a candle for lighting is NOT advisable.
Always have your minions do the dirty work. So is knowing some secret that you might accidentally blurt out to strangers. You CAN marry someone who is legally dead.
Nobody bothered to check the civil registry records in those good old days. Postscript Lately, I have received several personal messages that accused me, based on point 1 in my review above, of being prejudiced toward Italians something which couldn't be further from the truth. For those who hold such view, I would like to point out that my review is a parody which involves humorous, satiric or ironic imitations of the plot, characters or point of views set forth in the novel.
The "This is what I learned" heading is a part of the whole exercise, and does not mean that I personally subscribe to the points enumerated therein. I'm aware that my sense of humor is not to everyone's taste, but it has never been my intention to denigrate Italians or any other ethnic groups in this review or any other review of mine.
View all 90 comments. Shelves: 5-stars. If you don't, you'll think The Woman in White is terribly overwrought and 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 writing, this book is an outstanding introductory choice, and it's one that I recommend unreservedly, to you and to my friends.
The most prominent, intrinsic hurdle of The Woman in White is the writing. If you haven't had exposure to authors such as Charles Dickens, Henry James, Victor Hugo, the Bronte sisters, Oliver Wendell Holmes, then you haven't been tested by fire with the length and circuitousness of Victorian writing. It could take a page or paragraph to describe how a character moved.
It's at once beautiful, savory, complete, and exact. However, readers may complain that it's simply unnecessary verbiage. I'll give you an example: I waited where I was, to ascertain whether his object was to come to close quarters and speak, on this occasion.
To my surprise, he passed on rapidly, without saying a word, without even looking up in my face as he went by. This was such a complete inversion of the course of proceeding which I had every reason to expect on his part, that my curiosity, or rather my suspicion, was aroused, and I determined, on my side, to keep him cautiously in view, and to discover what the business might be on which he was now employed.
His action surprised me, so I followed him to discover what his intentions were. If this was, in fact, how it was written, then the story would be pages and selling as a cheap, mass-market paperback best read on a beach vacation.
The Woman In White
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The Woman in White Summary
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The Woman in White Summary & Study Guide
The events described in the novel take place in the s in England. A young painter from London, Walter Hartright , secures a position as an art teacher at Limmeridge House in Cumberland, which belongs to Frederick Fairlie. On a hot summer night prior to his departure, Walter meets a very strange woman on the empty street, who is dressed in a completely white dress. The woman in white shows a sudden agitation when Walter explains about his new job, but also speaks with love about Mrs.
The novel, which predates Sherlock Holmes by decades, is considered to be one of the first mystery novels ever written. The main character and chief narrator, Walter Hartright is a schoolteacher who takes a job at an estate called Limmeridge, teaching two young women how to draw. Walter falls in love with his student, Laura almost immediately and is dismayed when her half-sister, Marian tells him that Laura is already engaged to the villainous Sir Glyde. Walter leaves town and Glyde marries Laura, Marian soon discovers, however that he only married her to obtain her fortune and that he and his cohort, Count Fosco plan to kill Laura off.
The Woman in White
Она никак не могла свыкнуться с этой мыслью. - Цифровая крепость, - сказал Стратмор. - Так назвал ее Танкадо.
Где Стратмор. - Коммандер Стратмор погиб. - Справедливость восторжествовала, как в дешевой пьесе. - Успокойтесь, Джабба, - приказал директор, - и доложите ситуацию. Насколько опасен вирус. Джабба пристально посмотрел на директора и вдруг разразился смехом.
Танкадо использовал наживку для дурачков… и АНБ ее проглотило. Сверху раздался душераздирающий крик Стратмора. ГЛАВА 86 Когда Сьюзан, едва переводя дыхание, появилась в дверях кабинета коммандера, тот сидел за своим столом, сгорбившись и низко опустив голову, и в свете монитора она увидела капельки пота у него на лбу. Сирена выла не преставая. Сьюзан подбежала к. - Коммандер. Стратмор даже не пошевелился. - Коммандер.
Вздохнув, она просунула руку в углубление с цифровым замком и ввела свой личный код из пяти цифр. Через несколько секунд двенадцатитонная стальная махина начала поворачиваться. Она попыталась собраться с мыслями, но они упрямо возвращали ее к. Дэвид Беккер.
Наконец Нуматака спросил: - Где ключ. - Вам нужно знать только одно: он будет найден. - Откуда такая уверенность.
Сьюзан почувствовала, что у нее сводит желудок. - А что. - Он говорит, что вручит победителю ключ. - Ключ.
Дорогие друзья, сегодня я свожу счеты с жизнью, не в силах вынести тяжести своих грехов… Не веря своим глазам, Сьюзан медленно читала предсмертную записку. Все это было так неестественно, так непохоже на Хейла, а список преступлений больше напоминал перечень сданного в прачечную белья. Он признался во всем - в том, как понял, что Северная Дакота всего лишь призрак, в том, что нанял людей, чтобы те убили Энсея Танкадо и забрали у него кольцо, в том, что столкнул вниз Фила Чатрукьяна, потому что рассчитывал продать ключ от Цифровой крепости. Сьюзан дошла до последней строки.
В окружающей ее тишине не было слышно ничего, кроме слабого гула, идущего от стен. Гул становился все громче. И вдруг впереди словно зажглась заря. Темнота стала рассеиваться, сменяясь туманными сумерками. Стены туннеля начали обретать форму.
Я вовсе не имела в виду твою жену. - Она невинно захлопала ресницами. - Я имела в виду Кармен.