The Law and the Lady

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By 1875, Wilkie Collins' reputation as the leading practitioner of "sensation fiction" had already been established. The Law and the Lady builds on that tradition by introducing one of English literature's earliest women detectives, Valeria Woodville, who investigates the murder of her husband's first wife in the attempt to prove him guiltless. Rich in plot and characters, including the extraordinary "manmachine" Miserrimus Dexter and his female cousin, "Ariel," the novel exposes the repression of Victorian ...
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Overview

By 1875, Wilkie Collins' reputation as the leading practitioner of "sensation fiction" had already been established. The Law and the Lady builds on that tradition by introducing one of English literature's earliest women detectives, Valeria Woodville, who investigates the murder of her husband's first wife in the attempt to prove him guiltless. Rich in plot and characters, including the extraordinary "manmachine" Miserrimus Dexter and his female cousin, "Ariel," the novel exposes the repression of Victorian domestic life and marriage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140436075
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 961,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Volume I
I The Bride's Mistake 13
II The Bride's Thoughts 22
III Ramsgate Sands 37
IV On the Way Home 50
V The Landlady's Discovery 62
VI My Own Discovery 70
VII On the Way to the Major 83
VIII The Friend of the Women 97
IX The Defeat of the Major 108
X The Search 128
XI The Return to Life 158
XII The Scotch Verdict 171
XIII The Man's Decision 181
XIV The Woman's Answer 189
Volume II
XV The Story of the Trial. The Preliminaries 209
XVI First Question--Did the Woman Die Poisoned? 213
XVII Second Question--Who Poisoned Her? 239
XVIII Third Question--What Was His Motive? 258
XIX The Evidence for the Defence 282
XX The End of the Trial 291
XXI I See My Way 308
XXII The Major Makes Difficulties 319
XXIII My Mother-in-law Surprises Me 329
XXIV Miserrimus Dexter--First View 339
XXV Miserrimus Dexter--Second View 351
XXVI More of My Obstinacy 372
XXVII Mr Dexter at Home 382
XXVIII In the Dark 399
XXIX In the Light 410
Volume III
XXX The Indictment of Mrs Beauly 427
XXXI The Defence of Mrs Beauly 444
XXXII A Specimen of My Wisdom 457
XXXIII A Specimen of My Folly 462
XXXIV Gleninch 484
XXXV Mr Playmore's Prophecy 495
XXXVI Ariel 510
XXXVII At the Bedside 520
XXXVIII On the Journey Back 539
XXXIX On the Way to Dexter 543
XL Nemesis at Last! 553
XLI Mr Playmore in a New Character 592
XLII More Surprises! 608
XLIII At Last! 619
XLIV Our New Honeymoon 626
XLV The Dust-heap Disturbed 637
XLVI The Crisis Deferred 651
XLVII The Wife's Confession 658
XLVIII What Else Could I Do? 672
XLIX Past and Future 679
L The Last of the Story 691
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Typos

    There are too many errors in the book to make this an enjoyable read. That is a pity because this Collins is an enjoyable author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Unreadable

    This is a scanned document and is unreadable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Google could do better!

    A simple spell check would fix most of the typos. If this is what Google does to books, I want no part of it. I was too busy deciphering the words to follow the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    BAD typos but good story!

    I had to skip whole paragraphs but i couldnt put it down! I really like this story, i liked the twists and developement of the characters and to find out that i had guessed right over who done it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2011

    Storyline was good

    The copy downloaded to my Nook had a lot of repeat sections. I had to keep fast forwarding through the pages to find where I should actually be to continue with the story. I liked the story but was frustrated with the parts that were repeated sometimes 6 or 7 times per section.

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