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I Say No

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

Emily Brown is an orphan girl that almost no one can help but love when they meet her. She is pursued by two worthy men: Mr. Alban Morris, the drawing master at her school; and Rev. Miles Mirabel, a clergyman. However, one of them is lying to her after she discovers that her father's death wasn't natural, as she was led to believe.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I can't give you an encouraging report of your aunt. The rheumatic fever (aggravated by the situation of this house—built on clay, you know, and close to stagnant water) has been latterly complicated by delirium."

"Is that a bad sign, sir?"

"The worst possible sign; it shows that the disease has affected the heart. Yes: she is suffering from inflammation of the eyes, but that is an unimportant symptom. We can keep the pain under by means of cooling lotions and a dark room. I've often heard her speak of you—especially since the illness assumed a serious character. What did you say? Will she know you, when you go into her room? This is about the time when the delirium usually sets in. I'll see if there's a quiet interval."

He opened the door—and came back again.

"By the way," he resumed, "I ought perhaps to explain how it was that I took the liberty of sending you that telegram. Mrs. Ellmother refused to inform . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Another fun mystery story by Collins. I enjoy being able to settle into the era he writes about. No texting or phone calls allowed, just be sure you have a servant or young lad who can run across town and wait for a reply. It seems every chapter has someone checking the train schedule so they can ru

De los Collins que he leído este es el más flojo pero aun así sigue siendo entretenidísimo.

So many questionable things in this book. The whole story is the saga of men and their worry about women's "delicate sensibilities". How every man who meets a woman can decide if she has the right to know things about herself and her family. Because what if she has nerves? Women are so delicate afte

I am not sure what a genre it was. There was (at the beginning) an amusing atmosphere of a school for young girls. Then, a mystery appeared. Despite questions without answers, people had to live on, so we were meeting them in their (more or less) normal life (and learnt a bit about those times). Som

Pretty cheesy, and overly long.

This is, by far, my favorite of the Wilkie Collins books I’ve read. The characters were for the most part believable. Their course of action not so much, but without those crazy decisions there wouldn’t really be a story, so in the end, they worked. Oh, it’s a bit melodramatic at points, but not too

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