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A Fair Penitent

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The Fair Penitent is a short story which first appeared in Charles Dickens' magazine, "Household Words," volume 16, number 382, July 18, 1857. Published anonymously, as all contributions to the magazine were, it was attributed definitely to Wilkie Collins by Anne Lohrli in her analysis of the magazine's financial accounts.
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Kindle Edition, 18 pages
Published May 26th 2011 (first published July 18th 1857)
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Karla
Jan 08, 2012 Karla rated it liked it
Not really sure how to review this one. The story is super short (10 pages) and is written in the form of an editor presenting a manuscript by a former actress of the Paris stage in the early 18th century. This actress, a Mademoiselle Gautier, realizes that her life of pleasure and vice is headed for a bad end and so she decides to enter a convent. Her desire to completely repent takes her from the rather cozy quarters of one order to the more austere regimen of the Carmelites. An encounter with ...more
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This story first appeared in Charles Dickens' magazine, "Household Words," volume 16, number 382, July 18, 1857. Published anonymously, as all contributions to the magazine were, it was attributed definitely to Wilkie Collins by Anne Lohrli in her analysis of the magazine's financial accounts.
Nagisa
Jul 07, 2013 Nagisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: british, 1850-1899
The story is too short for me to sympathize with a main character, Mademoiselle Gautier. I wish the author had touched more on changes in the character's mental state and developed psychological descriptions of the story.
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Short story of how a lady spurns society and becomes nun. Good 20 min read.
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I like Wilkie Collins but I was terribly disappointed with this book.
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A close friend of Charles Dickens' from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens' death in June 1870, William "Wilkie" Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. But after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens' bloomed. Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has received for fifty years. Most of ...more
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