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Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 26. He Proves Equal To The Occasion Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 26. He Proves Equal To The Occasion

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 26. He Proves Equal To The Occasion
CHAPTER THE TWENTY-SIXTH. He proves Equal to the Occasion AT that astounding confession, abruptly revealed in those plain words, even resolute Nugent lost all power of self-control. He burst out with a cry which reached Lucilla's ears. She instantly turned towards us, and instantly assumed that the cry had come from Oscar's lips. "Ah! there you are!" she exclaimed. "Oscar! Oscar! what is the matter with you to-day?" Oscar was incapable of answering her. He had cast one glance of entreaty at his brother as Lucilla came nearer to us. The mute reproach which had answered him, in Nugent's eyes, had... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1323

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 25. Nugent Puzzles Madame Pratolungo Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 25. Nugent Puzzles Madame Pratolungo

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 25. Nugent Puzzles Madame Pratolungo
CHAPTER THE TWENTY-FIFTH. Nugent puzzles Madame Pratolungo I WAS far from sharing Lucilla's opinion of Nugent Dubourg. His enormous self-confidence was, to my mind, too amusing to be in the least offensive. I liked the spirit and gaiety of the young fellow. He came much nearer than his brother did to my ideal of the dash and resolution which ought to distinguish a man on the right side of thirty. So far as my experience of them went, Nugent was (in the popular English phrase) good company--and Oscar was not. My nationality leads me to attach great importance to social qualities.... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3354

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 24. He Sees Lucilla Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 24. He Sees Lucilla

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 24. He Sees Lucilla
CHAPTER THE TWENTY-FOURTH. He sees Lucilla THE first impression which poor Miss Finch produced on Nugent Dubourg, was precisely the same as the first impression which she had produced on me. "Good Heavens!" he cried. "The Dresden Madonna! The Virgin of San Sisto!" Lucilla had already heard from me of her extraordinary resemblance to the chief figure in Raphael's renowned picture. Nugent's blunt outburst of recognition passed unnoticed by her. She stopped short, in the middle of the room--startled, the instant he spoke, by the extraordinary similarity of his tone and accent to the tone and accent of his brother's voice.... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 879

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 23. He Sets Us All Right Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 23. He Sets Us All Right

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 23. He Sets Us All Right
CHAPTER THE TWENTY-THIRD. He sets us All Right I HAVE thus far quite inadvertently omitted to mention one of the prominent virtues of Reverend Finch. He was an accomplished master of that particular form of human persecution which is called reading aloud; and he inflicted his accomplishment on his family circle at every available opportunity. Of what we suffered on these occasions, I shall say nothing. Let it be enough to mention that the rector thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of hearing his own magnificent voice. There was no escaping Mr. Finch when the rage for "reading" seized on him. Now on... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2924

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 20. Good Papa Again! Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 20. Good Papa Again!

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 20. Good Papa Again!
CHAPTER THE TWENTIETH. Good Papa again! THE promise I had given did not expose me to the annoyance of being kept long on the watch against accidents. If we could pass safely over the next five days, we might feel pretty sure of the future. On the last day of the old year, Lucilla was bound by the terms of the will to go to London, and live her allotted three months under the roof of her aunt. In the brief interval that elapsed before her departure, she twice approached the dangerous subject. On the first occasion, she asked me if... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2633

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 19. Second Result Of The Robbery Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 19. Second Result Of The Robbery

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 19. Second Result Of The Robbery
CHAPTER THE NINETEENTH. Second Result of the Robbery THE history of my proceedings in Paris can be dismissed in a very few words. It is only necessary to dwell in detail on one among the many particulars which connect themselves in my memory with the rescue of good Papa. The affair, this time, assumed the gravest possible aspect. The venerable victim had gone the length of renewing his youth, in respect of his teeth, his hair, his complexion, and his figure (this last involving the purchase of a pair of stays). I declare I hardly knew him again, he was so... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1681

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 18. Family Troubles Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 18. Family Troubles

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 18. Family Troubles
CHAPTER THE EIGHTEENTH. Family Troubles IN four or five days more, Lucilla's melancholy doubts about Oscar were confirmed. He was attacked by a second fit. The promised consultation with the physician from Brighton took place. Our new doctor did not encourage us to hope. The second fit following so close on the first was, in his opinion, a bad sign. He gave general directions for the treatment of Oscar; and left him to decide for himself whether he would or would not try change of scene. No change, the physician appeared to think, would exert any immediate influence on the recurrence... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 933

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 17. The Doctor's Opinion Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 17. The Doctor's Opinion

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 17. The Doctor's Opinion
CHAPTER THE SEVENTEENTH. The Doctor's Opinion BEFORE another word had been exchanged between us, Lucilla entered the room. We looked at each other. If we could have spoken at that moment, I believe we should both have said, "Thank God, she is blind!" "Have you all forgotten me?" she asked. "Oscar! where are you? What does the doctor say?" She advanced into the room. In a moment more, she would have stumbled against the prostrate man still writhing on the floor. I laid my hand on her arm, and stopped her. She suddenly caught my hand in hers. "Why did you... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2758

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 16. First Result Of The Robbery Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 16. First Result Of The Robbery

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 16. First Result Of The Robbery
CHAPTER THE SIXTEENTH. First Result of the Robbery BETWEEN five and six weeks passed. Oscar was out of his bed-room, and was well of his wound. During this lapse of time, Lucilla steadily pursued that process of her own of curing him, which was to end in marrying him. Never had I seen such nursing before--never do I expect to see such nursing again. From morning to night, she interested him, and kept him in good spirits. The charming creature actually made her blindness a means of lightening the weary hours of the man she loved. Sometimes, she would sit before... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3335

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 15. Events At The Bedside Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 15. Events At The Bedside

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 15. Events At The Bedside
CHAPTER THE FIFTEENTH. Events at the Bedside I AM, if you will be so good as to remember, constitutionally French--and, therefore, constitutionally averse to distressing myself, if I can possibly help it. For this reason, I really cannot summon courage to describe what passed between my blind Lucilla and me when I returned to our pretty sitting-room. She made me cry at the time; and she would make me (and perhaps you) cry again now, if I wrote the little melancholy story of what this tender young creature suffered when I told her my miserable news. I won't write it; I... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2491

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 14. Discoveries At Browndown Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 14. Discoveries At Browndown

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 14. Discoveries At Browndown
CHAPTER THE FOURTEENTH. Discoveries at Browndown IT is needless to tell you at what conclusion I arrived, as soon as I was sufficiently myself to think at all. Thanks to my adventurous past life, I have got the habit of deciding quickly in serious emergencies of all sorts. In the present emergency--as I saw it--there were two things to be done. One, to go instantly with help to Browndown: the other, to keep the knowledge of what had happened from Lucilla until I could get back again, and prepare her for the discovery. I looked at Mrs. Finch. She had dropped... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1860

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 13. Second Appearance Of Jicks Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 13. Second Appearance Of Jicks

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 13. Second Appearance Of Jicks
CHAPTER THE THIRTEENTH. Second Appearance of Jicks FIVE more days passed. During that interval, we saw our new neighbor constantly. Either Oscar came to the rectory, or we went to Browndown. Reverend Finch waited, with a masterly assumption of suspecting nothing, until the relations between the two young people were ripe enough to develop into relations of acknowledged love. They were already (under Lucilla's influence) advancing rapidly to that point. You are not to blame my poor blind girl, if you please, for frankly encouraging the man she loved. He was the most backward man--viewed as a suitor--whom I ever met... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2644

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 10. First Appearance Of Jicks Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 10. First Appearance Of Jicks

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 10. First Appearance Of Jicks
CHAPTER THE TENTH. First Appearance of Jicks THERE walked in, at the open door of the room--softly, suddenly, and composedly--a chubby female child, who could not possibly have been more than three years old. She had no hat or cap on her head. A dirty pinafore covered her from her chin to her feet. This amazing apparition advanced into the middle of the room, holding hugged under one arm a ragged and disreputable-looking doll; stared hard, first at Oscar, then at me; advanced to my knees; laid the disreputable doll on my lap; and, pointing to a vacant chair at my... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2087

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 9. The Hero Of The Trial Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 9. The Hero Of The Trial

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 9. The Hero Of The Trial
CHAPTER THE NINTH. The Hero of the Trial "You have forced it out of me. Now you have had your way, never mind my feelings--Go!" Those were the first words the Hero of the Trial said to me, when he was able to speak again! He withdrew with a curious sullen resignation to the farther end of the room. There he stood looking at me, as a man might have looked who carried some contagion about him, and who wished to preserve a healthy fellow-creature from the peril of touching him. "Why should I go?" I asked. "You are a bold... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3332

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 8. The Perjury Of The Clock Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 8. The Perjury Of The Clock

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 8. The Perjury Of The Clock
CHAPTER THE EIGHTH. The Perjury of the Clock WE looked at one another in silence. Both alike, we were obliged to wait a little and recover ourselves. I may occupy the interval by answering two questions which will arise in your minds in this place. How did Dubourg come to be tried for his life? And what was the connection between this serious matter and the false testimony of a clock? The reply to both these inquiries is to be found in the story which I call the Perjury of the Clock. In briefly relating this curious incidental narrative (which I... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1901

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 7. Daylight View Of The Man Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 7. Daylight View Of The Man

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 7. Daylight View Of The Man
CHAPTER THE SEVENTH. Daylight View of the Man WHEN I put out my candle that night, I made a mistake--I trusted entirely to myself to wake in good time in the morning. I ought to have told Zillah to call me. Hours passed before I could close my eyes. It was broken rest when it came, until the day dawned. Then I fell asleep at last in good earnest. When I woke, and looked at my watch, I was amazed to find that it was ten o'clock. I jumped out of bed, and rang for the old nurse. Was Lucilla at... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3893

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 6. A Cage Of Finches Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 6. A Cage Of Finches

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 6. A Cage Of Finches
CHAPTER THE SIXTH. A Cage of Finches LARGE families are--as my experience goes--of two sorts. We have the families whose members all admire each other. And we have the families whose members all detest each other. For myself, I prefer the second sort. Their quarrels are their own affair; and they have a merit which the first sort are never known to possess--the merit of being sometimes able to see the good qualities of persons who do not possess the advantage of being related to them by blood. The families whose members all admire each other, are families saturated with insufferable... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 819

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 5. Candlelight View Of The Man Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 5. Candlelight View Of The Man

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 5. Candlelight View Of The Man
CHAPTER THE FIFTH. Candlelight View of the Man THERE had been barely light enough left for me to read by. Zillah lit the candles and drew the curtains. The silence which betokens a profound disappointment reigned in the room. "Who can he be?" repeated Lucilla, for the hundredth time. "And why should your looking at him have distressed him? Guess, Madame Pratolungo!" The last sentence in the gazetteer's description of Exeter hung a little on my mind--in consequence of there being one word in it which I did not quite understand--the word "Assizes." I have, I hope, shown that I possess... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3388

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 4. Twilight View Of The Man Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 4. Twilight View Of The Man

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 4. Twilight View Of The Man
CHAPTER THE FOURTH. Twilight View of the Man OUR nice dinner had long since come to an end. We had chattered, chattered, chattered--as usual with women--all about ourselves. The day had declined; the setting sun was pouring its last red luster into our pretty sitting-room--when Lucilla started as if she had suddenly remembered something, and rang the bell. Zillah came in. "The bottle from the chemist's," said Lucilla. "I ought to have remembered it hours ago." "Are you going to take it to Susan yourself, my dear?" I was glad to hear the old nurse address her young lady in that... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 605

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 3. Poor Miss Finch Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 3. Poor Miss Finch

Poor Miss Finch - Chapter 3. Poor Miss Finch
CHAPTER THE THIRD. Poor Miss Finch THE rectory resembled, in one respect, this narrative that I am now writing. It was in Two Parts. Part the First, in front, composed of the everlasting flint and mortar of the neighborhood, failed to interest me. Part the Second, running back at a right angle, asserted itself as ancient. It had been, in its time, as I afterwards heard, a convent of nuns. Here were snug little Gothic windows, and dark ivy-covered walls of venerable stone: repaired in places, at some past period, with quaint red bricks. I had hoped that I should enter... Long Stories - Post by : rahul - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1838