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The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 4 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 4

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 4
BROTHER MORGAN'S STORY of THE DREAM-WOMAN CHAPTER IVTHREE weeks after that day Isaac and Rebecca were man and wife. All that was hopelessly dogged and stubborn in the man's moral nature seemed to have closed round his fatal passion, and to have fixed it unassailably in his heart. After that first interview in the cottage parlor no consideration would induce Mrs. Scatchard to see her son's wife again or even to talk of her when Isaac tried hard to plead her cause after their marriage. This course of conduct was not in any degree occasioned by a discovery of the degradation... Long Stories - Post by : smajor - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 533

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 3 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 3

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 3
BROTHER MORGAN'S STORY of THE DREAM-WOMAN CHAPTER IIIHis mother came out eagerly to receive him. His face told her in a moment that something was wrong. "I've lost the place; but that's my luck. I dreamed an ill dream last night, mother--or maybe I saw a ghost. Take it either way, it scared me out of my senses, and I'm not my own man again yet." "Isaac, your face frightens me. Come in to the fire--come in, and tell mother all about it." He was as anxious to tell as she was to hear; for it had been his hope, all... Long Stories - Post by : Sean_L - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2817

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 2 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 2

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 2
BROTHER MORGAN'S STORY of THE DREAM-WOMAN CHAPTER IISOME years ago there lived in the suburbs of a large seaport town on the west coast of England a man in humble circumstances, by name Isaac Scatchard. His means of subsistence were derived from any employment that he could get as an hostler, and occasionally, when times went well with him, from temporary engagements in service as stable-helper in private houses. Though a faithful, steady, and honest man, he got on badly in his calling. His ill luck was proverbial among his neighbors. He was always missing good opportunities by no fault of... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1181

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 1 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 1

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dream-Woman - Chapter 1
BROTHER MORGAN'S STORY of THE DREAM-WOMAN CHAPTER II HAD not been settled much more than six weeks in my country practice when I was sent for to a neighboring town, to consult with the resident medical man there on a case of very dangerous illness. My horse had come down with me at the end of a long ride the night before, and had hurt himself, luckily, much more than he had hurt his master. Being deprived of the animal's services, I started for my destination by the coach (there were no railways at that time), and I hoped to get... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3229

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Third Day The Queen Of Hearts - - The Third Day

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Third Day
FINE again. Our guest rode out, with her ragged little groom, as usual. There was no news yet in the paper--that is to say, no news of George or his ship. On this day Morgan completed his second story, and in two or three days more I expected to finish the last of my own contributions. Owen was still behindhand and still despondent. The lot drawing to-night was Five. This proved to be the number of the first of Morgan's stories, which he had completed before we began the readings. His second story, finished this day, being still uncorrected by me,... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1160

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 3 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 3

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 3
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of THE FAMILY SECRET CHAPTER IIIMORE years passed; my mother followed my aunt to the grave, and still I was as far as ever from making any discoveries in relation to Uncle George. Shortly after the period of this last affliction my health gave way, and I departed, by my doctor's advice, to try some baths in the south of France. I traveled slowly to my destination, turning aside from the direct road, and stopping wherever I pleased. One evening, when I was not more than two or three days' journey from the baths to which I was... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2625

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 2 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 2

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 2
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of THE FAMILY SECRET CHAPTER III was taken home on the appointed day to suffer the trial--a hard one even at my tender years--of witnessing my mother's passionate grief and my father's mute despair. I remember that the scene of our first meeting after Caroline's death was wisely and considerately shortened by my aunt, who took me out of the room. She seemed to have a confused desire to keep me from leaving her after the door had closed behind us; but I broke away and ran downstairs to the surgery, to go and cry for my lost... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2038

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 1 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 1

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Family Secret - Chapter 1
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of THE FAMILY SECRET CHAPTER IWAS it an Englishman or a Frenchman who first remarked that every family had a skeleton in its cupboard? I am not learned enough to know, but I reverence the observation, whoever made it. It speaks a startling truth through an appropriately grim metaphor--a truth which I have discovered by practical experience. Our family had a skeleton in the cupboard, and the name of it was Uncle George. I arrived at the knowledge that this skeleton existed, and I traced it to the particular cupboard in which it was hidden, by slow degrees.... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3326

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The First Day The Queen Of Hearts - - The First Day

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The First Day
SHOWERY and unsettled. In spite of the weather, Jessie put on my Mackintosh cloak and rode off over the hills to one of Owen's outlying farms. She was already too impatient to wait quietly for the evening's reading in the house, or to enjoy any amusement less exhilarating than a gallop in the open air. I was, on my side, as anxious and as uneasy as our guest. Now that the six weeks of her stay had expired--now that the day had really arrived, on the evening of which the first story was to be read, I began to calculate the... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2832

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 4. Our Grand Project The Queen Of Hearts - - Chapter 4. Our Grand Project

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 4. Our Grand Project
CHAPTER IV. OUR GRAND PROJECTAT the end of the fifth week of our guest's stay, among the letters which the morning's post brought to The Glen Tower there was one for me, from my son George, in the Crimea. The effect which this letter produced in our little circle renders it necessary that I should present it here, to speak for itself. This is what I read alone in my own room: "MY DEAREST FATHER--After the great public news of the fall of Sebastopol, have you any ears left for small items of private intelligence from insignificant subaltern officers? Prepare, if... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1908

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 3. Our Queen Of' Hearts The Queen Of Hearts - - Chapter 3. Our Queen Of' Hearts

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 3. Our Queen Of' Hearts
CHAPTER III. OUR QUEEN OF' HEARTSTHE chaise stopped in front of us, and before we had recovered from our bewilderment the gardener had opened the door and let down the steps. A bright, laughing face, prettily framed round by a black veil passed over the head and tied under the chin--a traveling-dress of a nankeen color, studded with blue buttons and trimmed with white braid--a light brown cloak over it--little neatly-gloved hands, which seized in an instant on one of mine and on one of Owen's--two dark blue eyes, which seemed to look us both through and through in a moment--a... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2958

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 2. Our Dilemma The Queen Of Hearts - - Chapter 2. Our Dilemma

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 2. Our Dilemma
CHAPTER II. OUR DILEMMAWHO is the young lady? And how did she find her way into The Glen Tower? Her name (in relation to which I shall have something more to say a little further on) is Jessie Yelverton. She is an orphan and an only child. Her mother died while she was an infant; her father was my dear and valued friend, Major Yelverton. He lived long enough to celebrate his darling's seventh birthday. When he died he intrusted his authority over her and his responsibility toward her to his brother and to me. When I was summoned to the... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2201

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 1. Ourselves The Queen Of Hearts - - Chapter 1. Ourselves

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Chapter 1. Ourselves
CHAPTER I. OURSELVESWE were three quiet, lonely old men, and SHE was a lively, handsome young woman, and we were at our wits' end what to do with her. A word about ourselves, first of all--a necessary word, to explain the singular situation of our fair young guest. We are three brothers; and we live in a barbarous, dismal old house called The Glen Tower. Our place of abode stands in a hilly, lonesome district of South Wales. No such thing as a line of railway runs anywhere near us. No gentleman's seat is within an easy drive of us. We... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2470

The Queen Of Hearts - Letter Of Dedication The Queen Of Hearts - Letter Of Dedication

The Queen Of Hearts - Letter Of Dedication
TO EMILE FORGUES. AT a time when French readers were altogether unaware of the existence of any books of my writing, a critical examination of my novels appeared under your signature in the _Revue des Deux Mondes_. I read that article, at the time of its appearance, with sincere pleasure and sincere gratitude to the writer, and I have honestly done my best to profit by it ever since. At a later period, when arrangements were made for the publication of my novels in Paris, you kindly undertook, at some sacrifice of your own convenience, to give the first of the... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2519

Jezebel's Daughter -  -  Postscript Jezebel's Daughter - - Postscript

Jezebel's Daughter -  -  Postscript
MR. DAVID GLENNEY RETURNS TO FRANKFORT, AND CLOSES THE STORY I On the twelfth of December, I received a letter from Mrs. Wagner, informing me that the marriage of Fritz and Minna had been deferred until the thirteenth of January. Shortly afterwards I left London, on my way to Frankfort. My departure was hurried, to afford me time to transact business with some of our correspondents in France and in Northern Germany. Our head-clerk, Mr. Hartrey (directing the London house in Mrs. Wagner's absence), had his own old-fashioned notions of doing nothing in a hurry. He insisted on allowing me a... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1153

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 19 Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 19

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 19
PART II CHAPTER XIXJack looked eagerly into the cell again. There was no change--not a sign of that happy waking in which he so firmly believed. Schwartz opened the drawer of the table. Tobacco and pipes; two or three small drinking-glasses; a dirty pack of playing-cards; the mad watchman's song, with a woodcut illustration of the suicide--all lay huddled together. He took from the drawer the song, and two of the drinking-glasses, and called to his little guest to come out of the cell. "There;" he said, filling the glasses, "you never tasted such wine as that in all your life.... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 781

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 16 Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 16

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 16
PART II CHAPTER XVIActing on the doctor's information, the burgomaster issued his order. At eight o'clock in the evening, on the third of January, the remains of Mrs. Wagner were to be removed to the cemetery-building, outside the Friedberg Gate of Frankfort. Long before the present century, the dread of premature interment--excited by traditions of persons accidentally buried alive--was a widely-spread feeling among the people of Germany. In other cities besides Frankfort, the municipal authorities devised laws, the object of which was to make this frightful catastrophe impossible. In the early part of the present century, these laws were re-enacted and... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 587

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 15 Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 15

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 15
PART II CHAPTER XVDoctor Dormann had behaved very strangely. He was the first person who made the terrible discovery of the death. When he came to the house, on his evening visit to his patient, Mr. Keller was in the room. Half an hour before, Mrs. Wagner had spoken to him. Seeing a slight movement of her lips, he had bent over her, and had just succeeded in hearing her few last words, "Be kind to Jack." Her eyelids dropped wearily, after the struggle to speak. Mr. Keller and the servant in attendance both supposed that she had fallen asleep. The... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1421

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 14 Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 14

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 14
PART II CHAPTER XIVDoctor Dormann was punctual to his appointment. He was accompanied by a stranger, whom he introduced as a surgeon. As before, Jack slipped into the room, and waited in a corner, listening and watching attentively. Instead of improving under the administration of the remedies, the state of the patient had sensibly deteriorated. On the rare occasions when she attempted to speak, it was almost impossible to understand her. The sense of touch seemed to be completely lost--the poor woman could no longer feel the pressure of a friendly hand. And more ominous still, a new symptom had appeared;... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 801

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 13 Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 13

Jezebel's Daughter - Part 2 - Chapter 13
PART II CHAPTER XIIIMadame Fontaine instantly left her room. Alarmed by the violent ringing of the bell, Minna followed her mother downstairs. The door of the office was open; they both saw what had happened as soon as they reached the hall. In sending for Madame Fontaine, Mr. Keller had placed a natural reliance on the experience and presence of mind of a woman of her age and character. To his surprise, she seemed to be as little able to control herself as her daughter. He was obliged to summon the assistance of the elder of the female servants, in carrying... Long Stories - Post by : shirleylee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2670