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The Law and the Lady

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

Valeria Brinton marries Eustace Woodville despite objections from Woodville's family leading to disquiet for Valeria's own family and friends.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I searched, the farther I seemed to remove myself from the one object that I had it at heart to attain. After closing the door of the second cupboard, I almost doubted whether it would be worth my while to proceed farther and open the third and last door.

A little reflection convinced me that it would be as well, now that I had begun my examination of the lower regions of the book-case, to go on with it to the end. I opened the last cupboard.

On the upper shelf there appeared, in solitary grandeur, one object only—a gorgeously bound book.

It was of a larger size than usual, judging of it by comparison with the dimensions of modern volumes. The binding was of blue velvet, with clasps of silver worked in beautiful arabesque patterns, and with a lock of the same precious metal to protect the book from prying eyes. When I took it up, I found that the lock was not closed.

Had I any right to take advantage of this accident, and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was a strange but compelling book, with some interesting characters and a strong mystery. I think I really liked it, though I haven't entirely gathered my thoughts on it yet.

Another very enjoyable read from Wilkie.

The Law and the Lady was my fifth venture into the world of Victorian sensation fiction, following Collins’s Basil and The Dead Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley's Secret, and Thomas Hardy’s Desperate Remedies. It is proving a richly rewarding inquiry, in all kinds of ways, even though th

3.5 stars

I am mildly stunned at how much I enjoyed this. Me and Victorian novels don't have the easiest relationship. But this was easy to read and the mystery of whodunnit kept me turning pages. (Pretty peeved the introduction spoiled it for me)

Then again, it's lowbrow literature and (insert rambli

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