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Miss or Mrs?

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

Natalie Graybrooke is in love with her cousin Launcelot Linzie, but engaged to Mr. Turlington, an older man who covets her fortune and whom she detests. Turlington is the executor of Natalie's father's estate. When Natalie secretly marries her cousin, Turlington arranges to have Natalie's father murdered, to gain control of his fortune.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Of the two, however, the stewardess, as a woman, was the more likely to lend a ready ear to Launce's entreaties in his present emergency. After a faint show of resistance, she consented, not only to leave the room, but to keep her husband out of it, on the understanding that it was not to be occupied for more than ten minutes. Launce made the signal to Natalie at one door, while the stewardess went out by the other. In a moment more the lovers were united in a private room. Is it necessary to say in what language the proceedings were opened? Surely not! There is an inarticulate language of the lips in use on these occasions in which we are all proficient, though we sometimes forget it in later life. Natalie seated herself on a locker. The tea, sugar, and spices were at her back, a side of bacon swung over her head, and a net full of lemons dangled before her face. It might not be roomy, but it was snug and comfortable.

"Suppose they call for the steward?" she s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is an Oxford Classic edition of three of Wilkie Colins' novelettes. I liked the first & third better than the middle one. The first was exciting! The third described the great difficulties of deafness for a person deafened in adulthood.

Wilkie Collins never disappoints. I love his writing and his characters. There is always the page-turning thrill but a little chuckle at society as well. I love him! I wish he had as much literary credit as his bestie. These novellas were easy to read and quick too. I love Miss it Mrs. and The Haunt

This collection of Wilkie Collins novellas was somewhat uneven. I am crazy about many of his books - The Moonstone, The Woman in White, and Armadale chief among them. I liked the title piece quite a bit...included many of Collins's signature touches. But the whole thing felt kind of rushed. The stor

Miss or Mrs?
A thriller/sensational story: Richard Turlington falls in love with his best friend Sir Joseph's daughter, Natalie. Natalie is in love with her cousin and close friend, Launce. Turlington is accustomed to getting what he wants. The secret lovers devise a scheme to prevent Turlington from

Wilkie, himself, described these stories as "outlines".
They were not as compelling as his "full" novels and, since they were not meant to give great detail, sometimes felt "rushed" in regards to "loose ends".

Here are my ratings of each:

Miss or Mrs? 3 stars [ I think this would make a good teleplay--

Wilkie is (was) a pre-eminant Victorian author. I've read two of his best known books (Moonstone and Woman in White and a runner-up, No Name. He is a master storyteller and these three novellas did him justice. I have to wonder, though, if the sometimes seeming absurdity of the plots were actually b

A grouping of three novellas by Wilkie Collins first published between 1871 and 1886, so I expected some differences in style as a result. To me, the strongest story was the first and the weakest was the last. Miss or Mrs? (1871) was short enough to force an impressive pace to the plot. The Haunted

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