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The Law and the Lady  : Penguin Classics - Wilkie Collins

The Law and the Lady

Penguin Classics


Published: 15th October 1998
For Ages: 18+ years old
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By the time The Law and the Lady appeared in 1875, The Woman in White and The Moonstone had already established Collins as the leading practitioner of 'sensation fiction.' The Law and the Lady builds on this tradition by introducing one of English literature's earliest woman detectives, Valeria Woodville, who investigates the murder of her husband's first wife, in the attempt to prove him guiltless.

About the Author

Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the eldest son of the landscape painter William Collins. In 1846, having spent five years in the tea business, he was entered to read for the bar at Lincoln's Inn, where he gained the legal knowledge that was to give him much material for his writing.

From the early fifties, he was a friend of Charles Dickens, acting with him, contributing to Household Words, travelling with him on the Continent. Dickens produced and acted in two melodramas written by Collins, The Lighthouse (1855) and The Frozen Deep (1857).

Collins is best remembered for his novels, particularly The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868), which T. S. Eliot called 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. His later, and at the time rather sensational, novels include The New Magdalen (1873) and The Law and The Lady (1875). Collins also braved the moral censure of the Victorian age by keeping two women (and their households) while marrying neither. He died in 1889.

The Bride's Mistakep. 13
The Bride's Thoughtsp. 22
Ramsgate Sandsp. 37
On the Way Homep. 50
The Landlady's Discoveryp. 62
My Own Discoveryp. 70
On the Way to the Majorp. 83
The Friend of the Womenp. 97
The Defeat of the Majorp. 108
The Searchp. 128
The Return to Lifep. 158
The Scotch Verdictp. 171
The Man's Decisionp. 181
The Woman's Answerp. 189
The Story of the Trial. The Preliminariesp. 209
First Question--Did the Woman Die Poisoned?p. 213
Second Question--Who Poisoned Her?p. 239
Third Question--What Was His Motive?p. 258
The Evidence for the Defencep. 282
The End of the Trialp. 291
I See My Wayp. 308
The Major Makes Difficultiesp. 319
My Mother-in-law Surprises Mep. 329
Miserrimus Dexter--First Viewp. 339
Miserrimus Dexter--Second Viewp. 351
More of My Obstinacyp. 372
Mr Dexter at Homep. 382
In the Darkp. 399
In the Lightp. 410
The Indictment of Mrs Beaulyp. 427
The Defence of Mrs Beaulyp. 444
A Specimen of My Wisdomp. 457
A Specimen of My Follyp. 462
Gleninchp. 484
Mr Playmore's Prophecyp. 495
Arielp. 510
At the Bedsidep. 520
On the Journey Backp. 539
On the Way to Dexterp. 543
Nemesis at Last!p. 553
Mr Playmore in a New Characterp. 592
More Surprises!p. 608
At Last!p. 619
Our New Honeymoonp. 626
The Dust-heap Disturbedp. 637
The Crisis Deferredp. 651
The Wife's Confessionp. 658
What Else Could I Do?p. 672
Past and Futurep. 679
The Last of the Storyp. 691
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ISBN: 9780140436075
ISBN-10: 0140436073
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 15th October 1998
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.6  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1