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The Two Destinies - Chapter 14. Mrs. Van Brandt At Home The Two Destinies - Chapter 14. Mrs. Van Brandt At Home

The Two Destinies - Chapter 14. Mrs. Van Brandt At Home
CHAPTER XIV. MRS. VAN BRANDT AT HOME As I lifted my hand to ring the house bell, the door was opened from within, and no less a person than Mr. Van Brandt himself stood before me. He had his hat on. We had evidently met just as he was going out. "My dear sir, how good this is of you! You present the best of all replies to my letter in presenting yourself. Mrs. Van Brandt is at home. Mrs. Van Brandt will be delighted. Pray walk in." He threw open the door of a room on the ground-floor. His politeness... Long Stories - Post by : jaimersteward - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2743

The Two Destinies - Chapter 13. Not Cured Yet The Two Destinies - Chapter 13. Not Cured Yet

The Two Destinies - Chapter 13. Not Cured Yet
CHAPTER XIII. NOT CURED YETWE visited France, Germany, and Italy; and we were absent from England nearly two years. Had time and change justified my confidence in them? Was the image of Mrs. Van Brandt an image long since dismissed from my mind? No! Do what I might, I was still (in the prophetic language of Dame Dermody) taking the way to reunion with my kindred spirit in the time to come. For the first two or three months of our travels I was haunted by dreams of the woman who had so resolutely left me. Seeing her in my sleep,... Long Stories - Post by : jaimersteward - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1120

The Two Destinies - Chapter 12. The Disasters Of Mrs. Van Brandt The Two Destinies - Chapter 12. The Disasters Of Mrs. Van Brandt

The Two Destinies - Chapter 12. The Disasters Of Mrs. Van Brandt
CHAPTER XII. THE DISASTERS OF MRS. VAN BRANDTA MAN who passes his evening as I had passed mine, may go to bed afterward if he has nothing better to do. But he must not rank among the number of his reasonable anticipations the expectation of getting a night's rest. The morning was well advanced, and the hotel was astir, before I at last closed my eyes in slumber. When I awoke, my watch informed me that it was close on noon. I rang the bell. My servant appeared with a letter in his hand. It had been left for me, three... Long Stories - Post by : jaimersteward - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2735

The Two Destinies - Chapter 11. The Letter Of Introduction The Two Destinies - Chapter 11. The Letter Of Introduction

The Two Destinies - Chapter 11. The Letter Of Introduction
CHAPTER XI. THE LETTER OF INTRODUCTIONI LOOKED at the house. It was an inn, of no great size, but of respectable appearance. If I was to be of any use to her that night, the time had come to speak of other subjects than the subject of dreams. "After all that you have told me," I said, "I will not ask you to admit me any further into your confidence until we meet again. Only let me hear how I can relieve your most pressing anxieties. What are your plans? Can I do anything to help them before you go to... Long Stories - Post by : jaimersteward - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2040

The Two Destinies - Chapter 8. The Kindred Spirits The Two Destinies - Chapter 8. The Kindred Spirits

The Two Destinies - Chapter 8. The Kindred Spirits
CHAPTER VIII. THE KINDRED SPIRITSTHE morning sunlight shining in at a badly curtained window; a clumsy wooden bed, with big twisted posts that reached to the ceiling; on one side of the bed, my mother's welcome face; on the other side, an elderly gentleman unremembered by me at that moment--such were the objects that presented themselves to my view, when I first consciously returned to the world that we live in. "Look, doctor, look! He has come to his senses at last." "Open your mouth, sir, and take a sup of this." My mother was rejoicing over me on one side... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3028

The Two Destinies - Chapter 7. The Woman On The Bridge The Two Destinies - Chapter 7. The Woman On The Bridge

The Two Destinies - Chapter 7. The Woman On The Bridge
CHAPTER VII. THE WOMAN ON THE BRIDGEMY mother looked in at the library door, and disturbed me over my books. "I have been hanging a little picture in my room," she said. "Come upstairs, my dear, and give me your opinion of it." I rose and followed her. She pointed to a miniature portrait, hanging above the mantelpiece. "Do you know whose likeness that is?" she asked, half sadly, half playfully. "George! Do you really not recognize yourself at thirteen years old?" How should I recognize myself? Worn by sickness and sorrow; browned by the sun on my long homeward voyage;... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3074

The Two Destinies - Chapter 6. Her Story The Two Destinies - Chapter 6. Her Story

The Two Destinies - Chapter 6. Her Story
CHAPTER VI. HER STORYWHAT I have now to tell you of Mary is derived from information obtained at a date in my life later by many years than any date of which I have written yet. Be pleased to remember this. Dermody, the bailiff, possessed relatives in London, of whom he occasionally spoke, and relatives in Scotland, whom he never mentioned. My father had a strong prejudice against the Scotch nation. Dermody knew his master well enough to be aware that the prejudice might extend to _him_, if he spoke of his Scotch kindred. He was a discreet man, and he... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3180

The Two Destinies - Chapter 5. My Story The Two Destinies - Chapter 5. My Story

The Two Destinies - Chapter 5. My Story
CHAPTER V. MY STORYWHEN YOU last saw me, I was a boy of thirteen. You now see me a man of twenty-three. The story of my life, in the interval between these two ages, is a story that can be soon told. Speaking of my father first, I have to record that the end of his career did indeed come as Dame Dermody had foretold it. Before we had been a year in America, the total collapse of his land speculation was followed by his death. The catastrophe was complete. But for my mother's little income (settled on her at her... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1201

The Two Destinies - Chapter 4. The Curtain Falls The Two Destinies - Chapter 4. The Curtain Falls

The Two Destinies - Chapter 4. The Curtain Falls
CHAPTER IV. THE CURTAIN FALLSFOR the rest of the day, and through the night, I was kept a close prisoner in my room, watched by a man on whose fidelity my father could depend. The next morning I made an effort to escape, and was discovered before I had got free of the house. Confined again to my room, I contrived to write to Mary, and to slip my note into the willing hand of the housemaid who attended on me. Useless! The vigilance of my guardian was not to be evaded. The woman was suspected and followed, and the letter... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1225

The Two Destinies - Chapter 3. Swedenborg And The Sibyl The Two Destinies - Chapter 3. Swedenborg And The Sibyl

The Two Destinies - Chapter 3. Swedenborg And The Sibyl
CHAPTER III. SWEDENBORG AND THE SIBYLMY narrative may move on again from the point at which it paused in the first chapter. Mary and I (as you may remember) had left the bailiff alone at the decoy, and had set forth on our way together to Dermody's cottage. As we approached the garden gate, I saw a servant from the house waiting there. He carried a message from my mother--a message for me. "My mistress wishes you to go home, Master George, as soon as you can. A letter has come by the coach. My master means to take a post-chaise... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 698

The Two Destinies - Chapter 2. Two Young Hearts The Two Destinies - Chapter 2. Two Young Hearts

The Two Destinies - Chapter 2. Two Young Hearts
CHAPTER II. TWO YOUNG HEARTS"HE is growing too fast," said the doctor to my mother; "and he is getting a great deal too clever for a boy at his age. Remove him from school, ma'am, for six months; let him run about in the open air at home; and if you find him with a book in his hand, take it away directly. There is my prescription." Those words decided my fate in life. In obedience to the doctor's advice, I was left an idle boy--without brothers, sisters, or companions of my own age--to roam about the grounds of our lonely... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3478

The Two Destinies - Chapter 1. Greenwater Broad The Two Destinies - Chapter 1. Greenwater Broad

The Two Destinies - Chapter 1. Greenwater Broad
CHAPTER I. GREENWATER BROADLOOK back, my memory, through the dim labyrinth of the past, through the mingling joys and sorrows of twenty years. Rise again, my boyhood's days, by the winding green shores of the little lake. Come to me once more, my child-love, in the innocent beauty of your first ten years of life. Let us live again, my angel, as we lived in our first paradise, before sin and sorrow lifted their flaming swords and drove us out into the world. The month was March. The last wild fowl of the season were floating on the waters of the... Long Stories - Post by : Terry_C - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2535

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Concluded By Walter Hartright - Chapter 2 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Concluded By Walter Hartright - Chapter 2

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Concluded By Walter Hartright - Chapter 2
EPOCH III THE STORY CONCLUDED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER IITwo more events remain to be added to the chain before it reaches fairly from the outset of the story to the close. While our new sense of freedom from the long oppression of the past was still strange to us, I was sent for by the friend who had given me my first employment in wood engraving, to receive from him a fresh testimony of his regard for my welfare. He had been commissioned by his employers to go to Paris, and to examine for them a fresh discovery in... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1382

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Concluded By Walter Hartright - Chapter 1 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Concluded By Walter Hartright - Chapter 1

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Concluded By Walter Hartright - Chapter 1
EPOCH III THE STORY CONCLUDED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER IWhen I closed the last leaf of the Count's manuscript the half-hour during which I had engaged to remain at Forest Road had expired. Monsieur Rubelle looked at his watch and bowed. I rose immediately, and left the agent in possession of the empty house. I never saw him again--I never heard more of him or of his wife. Out of the dark byways of villainy and deceit they had crawled across our path--into the same byways they crawled back secretly and were lost. In a quarter of an hour after... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2047

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By Isidor, Ottavio, Baldassare Fosco - Story The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By Isidor, Ottavio, Baldassare Fosco - Story

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By Isidor, Ottavio, Baldassare Fosco - Story
EPOCH III THE STORY CONTINUED BY ISIDOR, OTTAVIO, BALDASSARE FOSCO(Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Brazen Crown, Perpetual Arch-Master of the Rosicrucian Masons of Mesopotamia; Attached (in Honorary Capacities) to Societies Musical, Societies Medical, Societies Philosophical, and Societies General Benevolent, throughout Europe; etc. etc. etc.)  THE COUNT'S NARRATIVE In the summer of eighteen hundred and fifty I arrived in England, charged with a delicate political mission from abroad. Confidential persons were semi-officially connected with me, whose exertions I was authorised to direct, Monsieur and Madame Rubelle being among the number.... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1603

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 7 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 7

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 7
EPOCH III THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER VIIThere was no lamp in the hall, but by the dim light of the kitchen candle, which the girl had brought upstairs with her, I saw an elderly lady steal noiselessly out of a back room on the ground floor. She cast one viperish look at me as I entered the hall, but said nothing, and went slowly upstairs without returning my bow. My familiarity with Marian's journal sufficiently assured me that the elderly lady was Madame Fosco. The servant led me to the room which the Countess had just... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2512

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 6 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 6

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 6
EPOCH III THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER VIMY first conviction as soon as I found myself outside the house, was that no alternative was left me but to act at once on the information I had received--to make sure of the Count that night, or to risk the loss, if I only delayed till the morning, of Laura's last chance. I looked at my watch--it was ten o'clock. Not the shadow of a doubt crossed my mind of the purpose for which the Count had left the theatre. His escape from us, that evening, was beyond all... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1629

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 5 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 5

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 5
EPOCH III THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER VThe last notes of the introduction to the opera were being played, and the seats in the pit were all filled, when Pesca and I reached the theatre. There was plenty of room, however, in the passage that ran round the pit--precisely the position best calculated to answer the purpose for which I was attending the performance. I went first to the barrier separating us from the stalls, and looked for the Count in that part of the theatre. He was not there. Returning along the passage, on the... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 795

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 4 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 4

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 4
EPOCH III THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER IVThe course of this narrative, steadily flowing on, bears me away from the morning-time of our married life, and carries me forward to the end. In a fortnight more we three were back in London, and the shadow was stealing over us of the struggle to come. Marian and I were careful to keep Laura in ignorance of the cause that had hurried us back--the necessity of making sure of the Count. It was now the beginning of May, and his term of occupation at the house in Forest Road expired... Long Stories - Post by : talbert2003 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3383

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 3 The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 3

The Woman In White - Epoch 3 - The Story Continued By W. Hartright - Chapter 3
EPOCH III THE STORY CONTINUED BY WALTER HARTRIGHT CHAPTER IIIFour months elapsed. April came--the month of spring--the month of change. The course of time had flowed through the interval since the winter peacefully and happily in our new home. I had turned my long leisure to good account, had largely increased my sources of employment, and had placed our means of subsistence on surer grounds. Freed from the suspense and the anxiety which had tried her so sorely and hung over her so long, Marian's spirits rallied, and her natural energy of character began to assert itself again,... Long Stories - Post by : aikpin - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1978