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Thou Art the Man

M. E. Braddon

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Sibyl married after assuming that her cousin, with whom she was in love, died. However, said cousin, who suffers from epilepsy, found himself near a murder scene and had no idea what happened. Fearing the worst, he ran away. Ten years later, Sibyl discovers that he is alive. What happened on that terrible night?

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This is a sensation novel, a literary genre which became wildly popular during the mid-nineteenth century. Mrs. Braddon, a prolific author, was an acknowledged master of the form. This is not one of her best, but it is an entertaining and well told tale of jealousy, greed, and murder, three of the e

Entertaining sensation novel

This is a sensation novel, a genre which became enormously popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Mrs. Brandon was an acknowledged master of the form. This is certainly not her best novel, but is a tale well told.

So interesting that in this time period there was much medical belief that epilepsy led to symptoms of demonic possession. One of the main male characters, who had epilepsy, therefore chose to live a life of celibacy, so as not to possibly pass on this “curse” to children (his own mother had died in

Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837-1915) is known for her sensation novels – novels written for all levels of readers, those grabbing a cheap book bound in yellow covers and sold in railway stations, and those serialized in popular magazines (one of which she founded and ran). They explored the dark sides