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The Black Robe

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

The church has lost out on a valuable piece of land through wars and transfers. Father Benwell is determined to reclaim that property by the conversion of the owner, Lewis Romayne. Enter beautiful Stella, who captures the heart of Romayne. Should Stella capture the love and devotion of Romayne, Father Benwell's scheme would fail, and that is something that he can not allow. Complicating things is the fact that both Romayne and Stella are hiding their own terrible secrets.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Father Benwell was a man possessed of extraordinary power of foresight—but he was not infallible. Seeing that Romayne was on the point of leaving the house, and feeling that he had paved the way successfully for Romayne's amanuensis, he too readily assumed that there was nothing further to be gained by remaining in the gallery. Moreover, the interval before Penrose called at the hotel might be usefully filled up by some wise words of advice, relating to the religious uses to which he might turn his intercourse with his employer. Making one of his ready and plausible excuses, he accordingly returned with Penrose to the library—and so committed (as he himself discovered at a later time) one of the few mistakes in the long record of his life.

In the meanwhile, Romayne was not permitted to bring his visit to a conclusion without hospitable remonstrance on the part of Lady Loring. She felt for Stella, with a woman's enthusiastic devotion to the interests. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like most of Wilkie Collins's books, The Black Robe is full of plots and counter-plots, and secrets both important or important-to-Victorians-but-nothing-really-by-21st-century-standards.

It definitely sucked me in, though I spent a large junk of it gnashing my teeth in frustration. The opening pr...more

Regalo di Natale - non credo lo avrei mai acquistato - questo libro sembra non finire mai. Decisamente disattese le incoraggianti recensioni della quarta di copertina, la storia si dipana in mille prosopopee, scritte con garbo, ma prolisse. Invece l'epilogo finale di una 40ina di pagine è un velo...more

Romanzo parzialmente epistolare, La veste nera racconta il tentativo, da parte di Padre Branwell, di recuperare per la Chiesa Cattolica Vange Abbey, la casa avita di Lewis Romayne. Non è all'altezza de La pietra di luna (che richiama brevemente grazie ad un'apparizione di Mr. Murthwaite, un famos...more

Lewis Romayne è il protagonista del nuovo romanzo edito Fazi intitolato "La veste nera" . Romayne è un uomo giovane, considerato di bell'aspetto e possessore di una splendida tenuta di campagna chiamata Vange Abbey; un uomo che a dispetto di tutte le caratteristiche iniziali si rivelerà fondament...more

Valutazione 3,5
Non possiamo certo dire che Collins manchi di fantasia leggendo il suo La veste nera, romanzo forse fin troppo intrigato, che parte un po’ lento ma che prende decisamente ritmo verso la fine, con un epilogo davvero avvincente. Utilizzando una struttura narrativa complessa, com’è ne...more

Storia di intrighi più che di spionaggio, La veste nera, segue l'ormai collaudato metodo Collinsiano di servirsi di più voci e più metodi narrativi. Ci sono le solite confessioni, le solite corrispondenze interminabili, i soliti diari e le solite testimonianze.
Una storia questa volta davvero avvi...more

Previous to the Black Robe the only other Collins novel that I had read was The Moonstone. I really enjoyed the Moonstone, but I don’t think these two works are even comparable. I was shocked at how much more serious in tone, purpose, and prose the Black Robe was. Others more familiar with Collin...more

Apparently a land was removed from the Church by Henry VIII. And Romayne inherited the same land and now the Church was trying through a Catholic priest to convince Romayne of converting to Catholicism so they can gain the land back.

“How the boy contrived to possess himself of the sealed packet w...more

Not really a mystery, not really a love story and quite anti-Catholic. there is a reason that people know about the Woman in White and The Moonstone, but not the Black Robe.

I really liked The Black Robe, but think it's something readers will either like or loathe. It started off a tad slowly before gaining steady momentum, but I "had" to finish the last hundred pages in one sitting and at times it was difficult to put down. I found the well-written, informative nove...more

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