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The law & the lady : in three volumes
Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2003], 1875.
Physical Description:
703 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
First published in 1875.

The text of this large print edition is unabridged.
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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 domestic life and marriage. Book jacket.

Author Notes

Wilkie Collins was born in London, England on January 8, 1824. He worked first in business and then law, but eventually turned to literature. During his lifetime, he wrote 30 novels, more than 60 short stories, at least 14 plays, and more than 100 non-fiction pieces. His works include Antonia, The Woman in White, The Moonstone, The Haunted Hotel, and Heart and Science. He was a close friend of Charles Dickens and collaborated with him. He died on September 23, 1889.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Volume I
I The Bride's Mistakep. 13
II The Bride's Thoughtsp. 22
III Ramsgate Sandsp. 37
IV On the Way Homep. 50
V The Landlady's Discoveryp. 62
VI My Own Discoveryp. 70
VII On the Way to the Majorp. 83
VIII The Friend of the Womenp. 97
IX The Defeat of the Majorp. 108
X The Searchp. 128
XI The Return to Lifep. 158
XII The Scotch Verdictp. 171
XIII The Man's Decisionp. 181
XIV The Woman's Answerp. 189
Volume II
XV The Story of the Trial. The Preliminariesp. 209
XVI First Question--Did the Woman Die Poisoned?p. 213
XVII Second Question--Who Poisoned Her?p. 239
XVIII Third Question--What Was His Motive?p. 258
XIX The Evidence for the Defencep. 282
XX The End of the Trialp. 291
XXI I See My Wayp. 308
XXII The Major Makes Difficultiesp. 319
XXIII My Mother-in-law Surprises Mep. 329
XXIV Miserrimus Dexter--First Viewp. 339
XXV Miserrimus Dexter--Second Viewp. 351
XXVI More of My Obstinacyp. 372
XXVII Mr Dexter at Homep. 382
XXVIII In the Darkp. 399
XXIX In the Lightp. 410
Volume III
XXX The Indictment of Mrs Beaulyp. 427
XXXI The Defence of Mrs Beaulyp. 444
XXXII A Specimen of My Wisdomp. 457
XXXIII A Specimen of My Follyp. 462
XXXIV Gleninchp. 484
XXXV Mr Playmore's Prophecyp. 495
XXXVI Arielp. 510
XXXVII At the Bedsidep. 520
XXXVIII On the Journey Backp. 539
XXXIX On the Way to Dexterp. 543
XL Nemesis at Last!p. 553
XLI Mr Playmore in a New Characterp. 592
XLII More Surprises!p. 608
XLIII At Last!p. 619
XLIV Our New Honeymoonp. 626
XLV The Dust-heap Disturbedp. 637
XLVI The Crisis Deferredp. 651
XLVII The Wife's Confessionp. 658
XLVIII What Else Could I Do?p. 672
XLIX Past and Futurep. 679
L The Last of the Storyp. 691