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The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Night The Queen Of Hearts - - The Night

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Night
THE last words of the last story fell low and trembling from Owen's lips. He waited for a moment while Jessie dried the tears which Anne Rodway's simple diary had drawn from her warm young heart, then closed the manuscript, and taking her hand patted it in his gentle, fatherly way. "You will be glad to hear, my love," he said, "that I can speak from personal experience of Anne Rodway's happiness. She came to live in my parish soon after the trial at which she appeared as chief witness, and I was the clergyman who married her. Months before that... Long Stories - Post by : mr.shih - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 716

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Brother Owen's Story Of Anne Rodway The Queen Of Hearts - - Brother Owen's Story Of Anne Rodway

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Brother Owen's Story Of Anne Rodway
(TAKEN FROM HER DIARY.) ...MARCH 3d, 1840. A long letter today from Robert, which surprised and vexed me so that I have been sadly behindhand with my work ever since. He writes in worse spirits than last time, and absolutely declares that he is poorer even than when he went to America, and that he has made up his mind to come home to London. How happy I should be at this news, if he only returned to me a prosperous man! As it is, though I love him dearly, I cannot look forward to the meeting him again, disappointed and... Long Stories - Post by : mr.shih - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 777

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Tenth Day The Queen Of Hearts - - The Tenth Day

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Tenth Day
THE storm has burst on us in its full fury. Last night the stout old tower rocked on its foundations. I hardly ventured to hope that the messenger who brings us our letters from the village--the postman, as we call him--would make his appearance this morning; but he came bravely through rain, hail and wind. The old pony which he usually rides had refused to face the storm, and, sooner than disappoint us, our faithful postman had boldly started for The Glen Tower on foot. All his early life had been passed on board ship, and, at sixty years of age,... Long Stories - Post by : mr.shih - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3105

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

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Morgan's Story Of Fauntleroy - Chapter 2
BROTHER MORGAN'S STORY of FAUNTLEROY CHAPTER IIWHAT I am going to tell you, gentlemen, happened when I was a very young man, and when I was just setting up in business on my own account. My father had been well acquainted for many years with Mr. Fauntleroy, of the famous London banking firm of Marsh, Stracey, Fauntleroy & Graham. Thinking it might be of some future service to me to make my position known to a great man in the commercial world, my father mentioned to his highly-respected friend that I was about to start in business for myself in a... Long Stories - Post by : mr.shih - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2150

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 6 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 6

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 6
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of A PLOT IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAPTER VION the third appearance of my mistress and myself before the justice, I noticed some faces in the room which I had not seen there before. Greatly to my astonishment--for the previous examinations had been conducted as privately as possible--I remarked the presence of two of the servants from the Hall, and of three or four of the tenants on the Darrock estate, who lived nearest to the house. They all sat together on one side of the justice-room. Opposite to them and close at the side of a door, stood... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1177

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 5 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 5

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 5
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of A PLOT IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAPTER VTHE first amazement and alarm produced by this discovery deprived me of my presence of mind. Without stopping to think what I ought to do first, I ran back to the servants' hall, calling out that something had happened to my master. All the household hurried directly into the Red Room, Josephine among the rest. I was first brought to my senses, as it were, by observing the strange expression of her countenance when she saw the bed-gown and the empty room. All the other servants were bewildered and frightened. She... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2499

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 4 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 4

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 4
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of A PLOT IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAPTER IVOUR life at the Hall soon returned to its old, dreary course. The lawyer in London wrote to my mistress to ask her to come and stay for a little while with his wife; but she declined the invitation, being averse to facing company after what had happened to her. Though she tried hard to keep the real state of her mind concealed from all about her, I, for one, could see plainly enough that she was pining under the bitter injury that had been inflicted on her. What effect continued... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2169

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 3 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 3

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 3
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of A PLOT IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAPTER IIIALTHOUGH the events that I am now relating happened many years ago, I shall still, for caution's sake, avoid mentioning by name the various places visited by Mr. Dark and myself for the purpose of making inquiries. It will be enough if I describe generally what we did, and if I mention in substance only the result at which we ultimately arrived. On reaching Glasgow, Mr. Dark turned the whole case over in his mind once more. The result was that he altered his original intention of going straight to the... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 982

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 2 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 2

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 2
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of A PLOT IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAPTER IIWHEN the two months had passed we returned to Darrock Hall. Nobody there had received any news in our absence of the whereabouts of my master and his yacht. Six more weary weeks elapsed, and in that time but one event happened at the Hall to vary the dismal monotony of the lives we now led in the solitary place. One morning Josephine came down after dressing my mistress with her face downright livid to look at, except on one check there was a mark as red as burning fire.... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 609

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 1 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 1

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of A Plot In Private Life - Chapter 1
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of A PLOT IN PRIVATE LIFE CHAPTER ITHE first place I got when I began going out to service was not a very profitable one. I certainly gained the advantage of learning my business thoroughly, but I never had my due in the matter of wages. My master was made a bankrupt, and his servants suffered with the rest of his creditors. My second situation, however, amply compensated me for my want of luck in the first. I had the good fortune to enter the service of Mr. and Mrs. Norcross. My master was a very rich gentleman.... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1884

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Eighth Day The Queen Of Hearts - - The Eighth Day

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Eighth Day
THE wind that I saw in the sky yesterday has come. It sweeps down our little valley in angry howling gusts, and drives the heavy showers before it in great sheets of spray. There are some people who find a strangely exciting effect produced on their spirits by the noise, and rush, and tumult of the elements on a stormy day. It has never been so with me, and it is less so than ever now. I can hardly bear to think of my son at sea in such a tempest as this. While I can still get no news of... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2217

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Owen's Story Of The Parson's Scruple - Chapter 2 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Owen's Story Of The Parson's Scruple - Chapter 2

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Owen's Story Of The Parson's Scruple - Chapter 2
BROTHER OWEN'S STORY of THE PARSON'S SCRUPLE CHAPTER IIAMONG the guests whom the rector met was a gentleman named Rambert, a single man of large fortune, well known in the neighborhood of Penliddy as the owner of a noble country-seat and the possessor of a magnificent library. Mr. Rambert (with whom Mr. Carling was well acquainted) greeted him at the dinner-party with friendly expressions of regret at the time that had elapsed since they had last seen each other, and mentioned that he had recently been adding to his collection of books some rare old volumes of theology, which he thought... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 801

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Brother Griffith's Story Of The Biter Bit The Queen Of Hearts - - Brother Griffith's Story Of The Biter Bit

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Brother Griffith's Story Of The Biter Bit
_Extracted from the Correspondence of the London Police_. FROM CHIEF INSPECTOR THEAKSTONE, OF THE DETECTIVE POLICE, TO SERGEANT BULMER, OF THE SAME FORCE. London, 4th July, 18--. SERGEANT BULMER--This is to inform you that you are wanted to assist in looking up a case of importance, which will require all the attention of an experienced member of the force. The matter of the robbery on which you are now engaged you will please to shift over to the young man who brings you this letter. You will tell him all the circumstances of the case, just as they stand; you will... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2054

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dead Hand (and The Sixth Day) The Queen Of Hearts - - Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dead Hand (and The Sixth Day)

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  Brother Morgan's Story Of The Dead Hand (and The Sixth Day)
WHEN this present nineteenth century was younger by a good many years than it is now, a certain friend of mine, named Arthur Holliday, happened to arrive in the town of Doncaster exactly in the middle of the race-week, or, in other words, in the middle of the month of September. He was one of those reckless, rattle-pated, open-hearted, and open-mouthed young gentlemen who possess the gift of familiarity in its highest perfection, and who scramble carelessly along the journey of life, making friends, as the phrase is ver they go. His father was a rich manufacturer, and had bought landed... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2989

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Fifth Day The Queen Of Hearts - - The Fifth Day

The Queen Of Hearts -  -  The Fifth Day
STILL cloudy, but no rain to keep our young lady indoors. The paper, as usual, without interest to _me_. To-day Owen actually vanquished his difficulties and finished his story. I numbered it Eight, and threw the corresponding number (as I had done the day before in Morgan's case) into the china bowl. Although I could discover no direct evidence against her, I strongly suspected The Queen of Hearts of tampering with the lots on the fifth evening, to irritate Morgan by making it his turn to read again, after the shortest possible interval of repose. However that might be, the number... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3442

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 6 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 6

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 6
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of MAD MONKTON CHAPTER VII RETURNED at the top of my speed to the village where I had left the mules, had the animals saddled immediately, and succeeded in getting back to Fondi a little before sunset. While ascending the stairs of our hotel, I suffered under the most painful uncertainty as to how I should best communicate the news of my discovery to Alfred. If I could not succeed in preparing him properly for my tidings, the results, with such an organization as his, might be fatal. On opening the door of his room, I felt by... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2109

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 5 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 5

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 5
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of MAD MONKTON CHAPTER VI HAD settled it in my own mind that we had better make the town of Fondi, close on the frontier, our headquarters, to begin with, and I had arranged, with the assistance of the embassy, that the leaden coffin should follow us so far, securely nailed up in its packing-case. Besides our passports, we were well furnished with letters of introduction to the local authorities at most of the important frontier towns, and, to crown all, we had money enough at our command (thanks to Monkton's vast fortune) to make sure of the... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3238

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 4 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 4

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 4
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of MAD MONKTON CHAPTER IV"You were born, I believe, in our county," he said; "perhaps, therefore, you may have heard at some time of a curious old prophecy about our family, which is still preserved among the traditions of Wincot Abbey?" "I have heard of such a prophecy," I answered, "but I never knew in what terms it was expressed. It professed to predict the extinction of your family, or something of that sort, did it not?" "No inquiries," he went on, "have traced back that prophecy to the time when it was first made; none of our... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 3156

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 3 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 3

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 3
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of MAD MONKTON CHAPTER IIITHE porter who let me into the house where Monkton lived directed me to the floor on which his rooms were situated. On getting upstairs, I found his door on the landing ajar. He heard my footsteps, I suppose, for he called to me to come in before I could knock. I entered, and found him sitting by the table, with some loose letters in his hand, which he was just tying together into a packet. I noticed, as he asked me to sit down, that his express ion looked more composed, though the... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 2785

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 2 The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 2

The Queen Of Hearts - Brother Griffith's Story Of Mad Monkton - Chapter 2
BROTHER GRIFFITH'S STORY of MAD MONKTON CHAPTER IIABOUT five months after Alfred Monkton came of age I left college, and resolved to amuse and instruct myself a little by traveling abroad. At the time when I quitted England young Monkton was still leading his secluded life at the Abbey, and was, in the opinion of everybody, sinking rapidly, if he had not already succumbed, under the hereditary curse of his family. As to the Elmslies, report said that Ada had benefited by her sojourn abroad, and that mother and daughter were on their way back to England to resume their old... Long Stories - Post by : Pageranker - Date : May 2012 - Author : Wilkie Collins - Read : 1790