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Mr. Lismore And The Widow Mr. Lismore And The Widow

Mr. Lismore And The Widow
Late in the autumn, not many years since, a public meeting was held at the Mansion House, London, under the direction of the Lord Mayor.The list of gentlemen invited to address the audience had been chosen with two objects in view. Speakers of celebrity, who would rouse public enthusiasm, were supported by speakers connected with commerce, who would be practically useful in explaining the purpose for which the meeting was convened. Money wisely spent in advertising had produced the customary result: every seat was occupied before the proceedings began.Among the late arrivals, who had no choice but to stand or to... Short Stories - Post by : buffer - Date : November 2010 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2342

A Terribly Strange Bed A Terribly Strange Bed

A Terribly Strange Bed
PROLOGUE TO THE FIRST STORYBefore I begin, by the aid of my wife's patient attention and ready pen, to relate any of the stories which I have heard at various times from persons whose likenesses I have been employed to take, it will not be amiss if I try to secure the reader's interest in the following pages by briefly explaining how I became possessed of the narrative matter which they contain.Of myself I have nothing to say, but that I have followed the profession of a travelling portrait-painter for the last fifteen years. The pursuit of my calling has not... Short Stories - Post by : atlanti2 - Date : November 2010 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2642

The Dream Woman The Dream Woman

The Dream Woman
A Mystery in Four NarrativesTHE FIRST NARRATIVEINTRODUCTORY STATEMENT OF THE FACTS BY PERCY FAIRBANKI"Hullo, there! Hostler! Hullo-o-o!""My dear! why don't you look for the bell?""I HAVE looked--there is no bell.""And nobody in the yard. How very extraordinary! Call again, dear.""Hostler! Hullo, there! Hostler-r-r!"My second call echoes through empty space, and rouses nobody-- produces, in short, no visible result. I am at the end of my resources--I don't know what to say or what to do next. Here I stand in the solitary inn yard of a strange town, with two horses to hold,... Short Stories - Post by : imported_n/a - Date : October 2009 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3363