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The Queen of Hearts

Wilkie Collins

Book Overview: 

The elderly Brothers Owen, Morgan and Griffith live a quiet, retired life in the countryside, which is turned upside-down by Griffith's ward, the young Jessie Yelverton. Originally, her visit to them was to last only six weeks, but for a very certain reason, the gentlemen must find a way to prolong her visit and get Jessie to stay for ten more days. To make her stay, they promise to tell her an entertaining and exciting story each night.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I dare say. Forget all about it, my dear—forget all about it."

It was easier to give this advice than to make me follow it. For many nights after, I thought of nothing but the strange man who had kissed me and cried over me.

Who could he be? Somebody who loved me very much, and who was very sorry. My childish logic carried me to that length. But when I tried to think over all the grown-up gentlemen who loved me very much, I could never get on, to my own satisfaction, beyond my father and my Uncle George.


I was taken home on the appointed day to suffer the trial—a hard one even at my tender years—of witnessing my mother's passionate grief and my father's mute despair. I remember that the scene of our first meeting after Caroline's death was wisely and considerately shortened by my aunt, who took me out of the room. She seemed to have a confused desire to keep me from leaving he. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Al principio cuando había leído unas pocas páginas y vi que trataba de una joven que por azares del destino iba a vivir 6 semanas con 3 viejos hermanos en una casa enclavada en un lugar difícil de llegar y alejada de otras casas, me pregunté como se iba a aguantar este argumento durante todo el libr


I think he may have been paid by the word for this one. An excellent framing device, but much longer than necessary, and a very mixed collection of stories within it. One or two could have been excellent full length novels - Mr Dark is a funnier Sergeant Cuff - but some of them were just potboilers.

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