No Name (Penguin Classics)

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No Name (Penguin Classics)

No Name (Penguin Classics)

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Mrs Lecount goes to the Bygrave house and is confronted by Mrs Wragge, who tells her the tale of seeing Miss Garth’s ghost in Lambeth. I’m glad that I’ve begun to correct that oversight with this fun, well-plotted, and highly addictive book.

A witty, intricately-plotted exploration of a sudden fall from grace, the Penguin Classics edition of Wilkie Collins's No Name is edited with an introduction and notes by Mark Ford. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are the most popular novels and deservedly so, yet it's a shame that No Name doesn't share the same level of fame. Mr Pendril reveals to Miss Garth that Mr and Mrs Vanstone went to London earlier in the year to get married.I enjoyed the plot, but sometimes felt Wilkie Collins was writing about the wrong characters - the book focuses on one of two sisters, Magdalene, while I wanted to hear about the other sister, Norah.

It has to be said that towards the end of this over-elaborated story, the plot collapses somewhat into a spate of melodramatic improbabilities. Winifred Hughes, The Maniac in the Cellar: Sensation Novels of the 1860s, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014. The multiple different narrators thing still appeals to me, but other than that I can take or leave Collins. She is visited by a newly prosperous Wragge and is gradually introduced to her saviour Kirke, who becomes more and more enamoured of her.

Magdalen gets her father’s permission to marry Frank, but he proposes a probationary waiting period of twelve months.

I thought perhaps the passing of time would have made me able to appreciate him more, especially since so many people hold him in such high regard. However, everything she does, all her plotting, scheming and subterfuge, gets her absolutely nowhere. He refers to women's natural inclination to cunning, jealously, impulsiveness, suspicion, and so on, and refers to a question as being 'no easy question for a woman to understand'.He shows that Magdalene sees the reason of her follies under the kind guidance of her sister and her new love and that she was repentant at the end and is determined to become a better person worthy of her sister and husband. She has been dispossessed of her family, her ’rightful’ inheritance, and the name which establishes her position in society. After reading these two most famous novels of Collins, I wanted to read some of his lesser known stories. I have to admit that even though the plot held my interest, I was distraught reading this story, wanted to quit midway, and just wanted it to end. Touching on a different legal concept, the book takes quite a turn from his more famous work - The Woman in White.

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