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The reading of this ebook at Internet Archive wasn't an easy task the first time I've read this book.
The BBC dramatization gave another great opportun...moreThe reading of this ebook at Internet Archive wasn't an easy task the first time I've read this book.
The BBC dramatization gave another great opportunity to enjoy this masterpiece written by Wilkie Collinns.
From BBC Radio 4 Extra: Dramatisation of the Wilkie Collins classic, one of the first mystery novels, first published in 1859.
1/4 A chance meeting with a strange woman dressed in white sparks a mystery. 2/4 Still thinking fondly of Walter Hartright, engaged Laura grows suspicious of her fiance. 3/4 Laura fails to discover Sir Percival's secret. Could it have fatal consequences? 4/4 Distraught Walter Hartright discovers the truth about his beloved Laura Fairlee.
• Esther Summerson — the heroine of the story, and one of its two narrators (Dickens's only female narrator), raised as an orphan because the identity of her parents is unknown. At first, it seems probable that her guardian, John Jarndyce, is her father because he provides for her. This, however, he disavows shortly after she comes to live under his roof. The discovery of her true identity provides much of the drama in the book: it is discovered that she is the illegitimate daughter of Lady Dedlock and Nemo (Captain Hawdon).
• Richard Carstone — a ward of Chancery in Jarndyce and Jarndyce. A straightforward and likeable but irresponsible and inconstant character who falls under the spell of Jarndyce and Jarndyce. At the end of the book, just after Jarndyce and Jarndyce is finally settled, he dies, tormented by his imprudence in putting faith in the outcome of a Chancery suit.
• Ada Clare — another ward of Chancery in Jarndyce and Jarndyce. She falls in love with Richard Carstone, who is a distant cousin. She does not share his fervent hopes for a quick settlement in the Jarndyce case. They later marry in secret.
• John Jarndyce — an unwilling party in Jarndyce and Jarndyce, guardian of Richard, Ada, and Esther, and owner of Bleak House. Vladimir Nabokovcalled him "the best and kindest man ever to appear in a novel". A wealthy man, he helps most of the other characters out of a mix of disinterested goodness and guilt at the mischief and human misery caused by Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which he calls "the family curse". He falls in love with Esther and wishes to marry her, but gives her up because she is in love with Dr Woodcourt.
• Harold Skimpole — a friend of Jarndyce "in the habit of sponging his friends" (Nuttall); supposedly based on Leigh Hunt (but see above). He is irresponsible, selfish, amoral, and without remorse. He often refers to himself as "a child" and claims not to understand the complexities of human relationships, circumstances, and society — but understands them all too well. As when, early in the book, he attempts to have Richard and Ada raise money on their expectations in Jarndyce and Jarndyce to pay off the bailiff who has arrested him on a writ of debt.
• Lawrence Boythorn — an old friend of John Jarndyce; a former soldier, who always speaks in superlatives; very loud and harsh, but goodhearted. A neighbour of Sir Leicester Dedlock, with whom he is engaged in an epic tangle of lawsuits over a right-of-way across Boythorn's property that Sir Leicester asserts the legal right to close; based on Walter Savage Landor.
• Sir Leicester Dedlock — a crusty baronet, very much older than his wife. Dedlock is an unthinking conservative who regards the Jarndyce and Jarndyce lawsuit in which his wife is entangled as a mark of distinction worthy of a man of his family lineage.
• Lady (Honoria) Dedlock — the haughty mistress of Chesney Wold. Her past drives much of the plot as it turns out that, before her marriage, she had an affair with another man and had his child. She discovers the child's identity (Esther Summerson) and, because she has made this discovery and revealed that she had a secret predating her marriage, she has attracted the noxious curiosity of Mr Tulkinghorn, who feels himself bound by his ties to his client, Sir Leicester, to pry out her secret and use it to control her. At the end, she dies, disgraced in her own mind and convinced that her aristocratic husband can never forgive her moral failings, even though he has already done so.
• Mr Tulkinghorn — Sir Leicester's lawyer. Scheming and manipulative, he seems to defer to his clients but relishes the power his control of their secrets gives him over them. He learns of Lady Dedlock's past and tries to control her conduct, to preserve the reputation and good name of Sir Leicester. He is murdered, and his murder gives Dickens the chance to weave a detective's investigation of the murder into the plot of the closing chapters of the book.
• Mr Snagsby — the timid proprietor of a law-stationery business who gets involved with Tulkinghorn's and Bucket's secrets. He is Jo's only friend. He tends to give half-crowns to those whom he feels sorry for. He is married to Mrs. Snagsby, who has a strong personality and suspects Mr. Snagsby of many secrets, such as Jo (incorrectly) being his son.
• Miss Flite — an elderly eccentric obsessed with Chancery. Her family has been destroyed by a long-running Chancery case similar to Jarndyce and Jarndyce, and her obsessive fascination with Chancery veers between comedy and tragedy. She owns a large number of little birds which she says will be released "on the day of judgement".
• Mr William Guppy — a law clerk at the Chancery firm of Kenge and Carboy's. He becomes smitten with Esther and plays a role in unearthing her true past. He at first proposes marriage to Esther, withdraws the offer after discovering her much-altered appearance due to her illness. Esther politely refused his proposal in the first place, prior to his withdrawal.
• Inspector Bucket — a detective who undertakes several investigations in the course of the novel, most notably the investigation of Mr Tulkinghorn's murder, which he brings to a successful conclusion.
• Mr George — a former soldier, serving under Nemo, who owns a London shooting-gallery. He is a trainer in sword and pistol use, briefly training Richard Carstone. The prime suspect in the death of Mr Tulkinghorn, he is exonerated and his true identity is revealed, against his wishes. He is found to be George Rouncewell, son of the Dedlocks' housekeeper, Mrs Rouncewell, who welcomes him back to Chesney Wold. He ends the book as the body-servant to the stricken Sir Leicester Dedlock.
• Caddy Jellyby — a friend of Esther, secretary to her mother, the "telescopic philanthropist" Mrs. Jellyby. Caddy feels ashamed of her "lack of manners", but Esther's friendship revives her, and she falls in love with young Prince Turveydrop, marries him, and has a baby.
• Krook — a rag and bottle merchant and collector of papers. He is the landlord of the house where Nemo and Miss Flite live and where Nemo dies. Krook dies from a case ofspontaneous human combustion, something that Dickens believed could happen, but which some critics of the novel such as the English essayist George Henry Lewes denounced as outlandish and implausible. Ironically, amongst the stacks of papers obsessively hoarded by the illiterate Krook is the key to resolving the case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce.
• Jo — a young and homeless boy who lives on the streets and tries without much luck to make a living as a crossing sweeper. He dies from a disease (pneumonia, a complication from an earlier bout with smallpox which Esther also catches and almost dies of).
• Allan Woodcourt — a surgeon. A kind, caring man who cares deeply for Esther. She in turn cares for him but feels unable to respond to his overtures because of her prior commitment to John Jarndyce. All is resolved happily at the end and they marry.
• Grandfather Smallweed — a moneylender. An evil man who enjoys inflicting emotional pain on other people. He drives Mr George into bankruptcy by calling in debts. Mr Tulkinghorn is his attorney in that case. It has been suggested that his description (together with his grandchildren) fit that of a person with progeria.
• Mr. Vholes — a Chancery lawyer who takes on Richard Carstone as a client, squeezes out of him all the litigation fees he can manage to pay, and then abandons him when Jarndyce and Jarndyce comes to an end.
• Conversation Kenge — a Chancery lawyer who represents John Jarndyce. His chief foible is his love of grand, portentous, and empty rhetoric.
*** Minor characters • Mr Gridley — an involuntary party to a suit in Chancery (based on a real case, according to Dickens's preface), who repeatedly seeks to gain the attention of the Lord Chancellor but in vain. He threatens Mr Tulkinghorn and then is put under arrest by Inspector Bucket, but dies, his health broken by his Chancery ordeal.
• Nemo (Latin for 'nobody') — is the alias of Captain James Hawdon, a former officer in the British Army under whom Mr George once served. Nemo copies legal documents for Snagsby and lodges at Krook's rag and bottle shop, eventually dying of an opium overdose. He is later found to be the former lover of Lady Dedlock and the father of Esther Summerson.
• Mrs Snagsby — Mr. Snagsby's highly suspicious and curious wife, who suspects her husband of being the father of Jo.
• Guster — the Snagsbys' maidservant, prone to fits
• Neckett — a debt collector — called "Coavinses" by debtor Harold Skimpole because he works for that business firm
• Charley — Coavinses' daughter; hired by John Jarndyce to be a maid to Esther
• Tom — Coavinses' young son
• Emma — Coavinses' baby daughter
• Mrs Jellyby — Caddy's mother, a "telescopic philanthropist" obsessed with an obscure African tribe but having little regard to the notion of charity beginning at home
• Prince Turveydrop — a dancing master and proprietor of a dancing studio
• Old Mr Turveydrop — a master of Deportment who lives off his son's industry
• Jenny — a brick maker's wife
• Rosa — a favourite lady's maid of Lady Dedlock
• Hortense — lady's maid to Lady Dedlock (based on murderess Maria Manning)
• Mrs Rouncewell — housekeeper to the Dedlocks at Chesney Wold
• Mr Robert Rouncewell — son of Mrs Rouncewell and a prosperous iron master
• Watt Rouncewell — his son
• Volumnia — a Dedlock cousin
• Miss Barbary — Esther's godmother and severe guardian in childhood
• Mrs Rachel Chadband — a former servant of Miss Barbary
• Mr Chadband — an oleaginous preacher, husband of Mrs Chadband
• Mrs Smallweed — wife of Mr Smallweed senior and sister to Krook. She is in her second childhood.
• Young Mr (Bartholemew) Smallweed — grandson of the senior Smallweeds and friend of Mr Guppy
• Judy Smallweed — granddaughter of the senior Smallweeds
• Tony Jobling — aka Mr Weevle — a friend of Mr Guppy
• Mrs Guppy — Mr Guppy's aged mother
• Phil Squod — Mr George's assistant
• Matthew Bagnet — military friend of Mr George and dealer in musical instruments
• Mrs Bagnet — wife of Matthew Bagnet
• Woolwich — the Bagnets' son
• Quebec — the Bagnets' daughter
• Malta — the Bagnets' daughter
• Mrs Woodcourt — Allan Woodcourt's widowed mother
• Mrs Pardiggle — a woman who does "good works" for the poor, but cannot see that her efforts are rude and arrogant and do nothing at all to help. She inflicts her activities on her five small sons, who are clearly rebellious.
• Arethusa Skimpole — Mr. Skimpole's "Beauty" daughter
• Laura Skimpole — Mr. Skimpole's "Sentiment" daughter
• Kitty Skimpole — Mr. Skimpole's "Comedy" daughter
• Mrs. Skimpole — Mr. Skimpole's ailing wife who is weary of her husband and lifestyle
The Chancery system: (courts for inheritances, care of orphans, etc.) for instance and colonialism (Mrs. Jellyby).
Chapter XXXII: Call the death by any name your Highness will, attribute it to whom you will, or say it might have been prevented how you will, it is the same death eternally--inborn, inbred, engendered in the corrupted humours of the vicious body itself, and that only--spontaneous combustion, and none other of all the deaths that can be died.
Chapter XXXVI: "Oh, my child, my child, I am your wicked and unhappy mother! Oh, try to forgive me!"
Chapter LIV "it's my duty to prepare you for a train of circumstances that may, and I go so far as to say that will, give you a shock.
From BBC Radio 4: With the arrival of an orphan girl, the old recluse vows to change. Stars Michael Williams, Edward Woodward and Jenny Agutter.
Page 10...moreFrom BBC Radio 4: With the arrival of an orphan girl, the old recluse vows to change. Stars Michael Williams, Edward Woodward and Jenny Agutter.
Page 10: If there is an angle who records the sorrows of men as well as their sins, he knows how many and deep are the sorrows that spring from false ideas for which no man is culpable.
Page 11: Minds that have been unhinged from their old faith and love, have perhaps sought this Lethean influence of exile, in which the past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.
Page 140: In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little's child.
4* The Mill on the Floss 5* Daniel Deronda 4* Middlemarch 3* The Lifted Veil 3* Romola 3* How Lisa Loved the King 3* Adam Bede 3* Brother Jacob 2* Silas Marner TBR Scenes of Clerical Life TBR Felix Holt: The Radical(less)
5* The Scarlet Letter 4* Rappaccini's Daughter 3* Wakefield ; Ethan Brand 3* Wakefie...moreFree download available at Project Gutenberg.
Not so good as expected.
5* The Scarlet Letter 4* Rappaccini's Daughter 3* Wakefield ; Ethan Brand 3* Wakefield - Il velo nero del pastore 3* The Ambitious Guest 3* The Blithedale Romance 3* The House of the Seven Gables TBR The Marble Faun TBR Fanshawe(less)
This is the last novel written by Thomas Hardy. In this book, the author describes the life of Jude Fawle...moreFree download available at Project Gutenberg.
This is the last novel written by Thomas Hardy. In this book, the author describes the life of Jude Fawley, a working-class men who dreams of becoming a scholar.
The central themes of the plot are the unhappy marriages, the Christianity values and the social unrest.
Since I have read the main novels written by Thomas Hardy, it is hard to tell each one is my favorite. But I certainly will add Jude the Obscure in my main list of favorite books.
A TV series Jude the Obscure (1971) was made based on this boo, with Robert Powell, Fiona Walker, John Franklyn-Robbins.
A movie Jude (1996) was also made based on this book, with Christopher Eccleston, Kate Winslet, Liam Cunningham.
4* Tess of the d'Urbervilles 3* The Mayor of Casterbridge 4* Far from the Madding Crowd 3* The Mayor of Casterbridge 3* The Three Strangers 4* An Imaginative Woman and Other Stories 4* The Woodlanders 5* A Pair of Blue Eyes 4* Under the Greenwood Tree 4* The Return of the Native 4* Jude the Obscure TBR The Hand of Ethelberta TBR Two on a Tower TBR Desperate Remedies(less)
Page 86: Such views of life were to some extent the natural begettings of her situation upon her nature. To dwell on a heath without studying its meani...morePage 86: Such views of life were to some extent the natural begettings of her situation upon her nature. To dwell on a heath without studying its meanings was like wedding a foreigner without learning his tongue. The subtle beauties of the heath were lost to Eustacia; she only caught its vapours. An environment which would have made a contented woman a poet, a suffering woman a devotee, a pious woman a psalmist, even a giddy woman thoughtful, made a rebellious woman saturnine.
To have lost the godlike conceit that we may do what we will, and not to have acquired a homely zest for doing what we can, shows a grandeur of temper which cannot be objected to in the abstract, for it denotes a mind that, though disappointed, forswears compromise.
Page 440: Those of the dyed barbarians who had chosen the cultivable tracts were, in comparison with those who had left their marks here, as writers on paper beside writers on parchment. Their records had perished long ago by the plough, while the works of these remained. Yet they all had lived and died unconscious of the different fates awaiting their relics. It reminded him that unforeseen factors operate in the evolution of immortality.
Page 458: * The writer may state here that the original conception of the story did not design a marriage between XXX and YYY. He was to have retained his isolated and weird character to the last, and to have disappeared mysteriously from the heath, nobody knowing whither—XXX remaining a widow. But certain circumstances of serial publication led to a change of intent.
Readers can therefore choose between the endings, and those with an austere artistic code can assume the more consistent conclusion to be the true one.
Another magnificent novel by Thomas Hardy. It is amazing how, at the end of this book, the author had proposed an "open end" to this story.
4* Tess of the d'Urbervilles 3* The Mayor of Casterbridge 4* Far from the Madding Crowd 3* The Mayor of Casterbridge 3* The Three Strangers 4* An Imaginative Woman and Other Stories 4* The Woodlanders 5* A Pair of Blue Eyes 4* Under the Greenwood Tree 4* The Return of the Native TBR The Hand of Ethelberta TBR Two on a Tower TBR Jude the Obscure TBR Desperate Remedies(less)
In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3 2* Green Tea 3* The Familiar 3* Mr. Justice Harbottle In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 5* The Room in the Dragon Volant In a Glass Darkl...moreIn a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3 2* Green Tea 3* The Familiar 3* Mr. Justice Harbottle In a Glass Darkly, v. 2/3 5* The Room in the Dragon Volant In a Glass Darkly, v. 3/3 The Room in the Dragon Volant - Part II 4* Carmilla
Excellent stories written by one of the masters of the gothic style.
This is the first volume of the Swann Family Saga series in the period of 1857 to 1866.
After returning from the wars...moreJust arrived from USA through BM.
This is the first volume of the Swann Family Saga series in the period of 1857 to 1866.
After returning from the wars in the Crimea and India, Adam Swann decided to leave the army and started his own business - "Swann-on-Wheels". The company's name was suggested by Henrietta Rawlinson, daughter of a local mill owner, who will become his beloved wife.
Their life will change drastically after a train crash. By coincidence or not, the Swann's family just met the famous British writer Charles Dickens who was already well known at that time.
The title of this book comes from Adam's returning to England after a very painful period of his life, in the quay of Calais, "where he saw every other ship flew the British flag and quays were piled with packing cases, some of them stenciled with names he recognized." (page 781)
A lot of British writers are mentioned along this book in addition to Charles Dickens, such as Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Charlotte Mary Yonge, Wilkie Collins. However, a special attention is given to East Lynne by Mrs. Henry Wood with is cited several times along the narrative and was mostly related to Henrietta character while the firs ones were related to their children's education.
ADDRESSED TO THE READER. IN offering this book to you, I have no Preface to write. I have only to request that you will bear in mind certain established truths, which occasionally escape your memory when you are reading a work of fiction. Be pleased, then, to remember (First): That the actions of human beings are not invariably governed by the laws of pure reason. (Secondly): That we are by no means always in the habit of bestowing our love on the objects which are the most deserving of it, in the opinions of our friends. (Thirdly and Lastly): That Characters which may not have appeared, and Events which may not have taken place, within the limits of our own individual experience, may nevertheless be perfectly natural Characters and perfectly probable Events, for all that. Having said these few words, I have said all that seems to be necessary at the present time, in presenting my new Story to your notice. W. C. LONDON, February 1, 1875.
Wilkie Collins is a master in telling a thrilling story with plenty of suspense and gothic elements. The story is told in a flashback way and the author makes use of the main feminine character as the detective's story: she investigates the Scotch verdict against her husband.
From BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama: Adapted by Duncan Macmillan.
Drama based on one of Russia's best loved poems, and the life of the man who wrote it....moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - 15 Minute Drama: Adapted by Duncan Macmillan.
Drama based on one of Russia's best loved poems, and the life of the man who wrote it. As Alexander Pushkin prepares to fight a duel, his wife begs him to tell her his most famous story, Eugene Onegin. Onegin is the darling of St. Petersburg. He is young, handsome and bored. But a trip to the countryside is about to change his life forever.
Phineas Finn is a young Irishman who becomes a member of the English parliament. Due to his position, be comes in love with several woman: Lady Laura Standish, Mary Jones - a childhood sweetheart and Violet Effingham.
This is the story of Adam Bede, a carpenter who lives in the countryside and falls in love with Hetty Sorrel, a maid who lives with the Poysers, uncle...moreThis is the story of Adam Bede, a carpenter who lives in the countryside and falls in love with Hetty Sorrel, a maid who lives with the Poysers, uncle and aunt of Adam.
In reality, the plot involves the love story among the four main characters: Adam, Hetty Sorrel, Arthur Donnithorne, a young squire who seduces Hetty, and Dinah Morris, Hetty's cousin and an itinerant Methodist preacher.
After have been seduced by Arthur, Hetty's life become a turmoil of tragic events.
This is the story of two brothers set during & after the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, often referred to as "the Forty-five", in Scotland, India & America.
An incident in the rebellion of 1746, by David Morier
The narrator of this book is done by Mackellar, the loyal steward to the Durie of Durisdeer family, which consists of an old lord and this two sons - James, the Master of Ballantrae, and Henry. Another relative, Miss Alison Graeme, also lives with the family.
The two brothers have opposite trends: James supports Bonnie Prince Charlie and goes and fights for the Jacobites while Henry stays at home to keep favor of King George II. In this way, whichever side wins, the family’s estate will be preserved.
Once the Rising fails, the Master is reported dead and Henry becomes the heir of the estate. Living without glory brings no happiness to the surviving brother.
The End of the 'Forty Five' Rebellion - William Brasse Hole's original etching, "The End of the 'Forty Five' Rebellion" depicts the final chapter of the 1745 Highland Rebellion led by Prince Charles Edward and the retreat of his defeated troops. Fatigue, hunger and despair accompany the wounded troops.
However, a turmoil in the story will happen once Coronel Francis Burke arrives bringing letters from the Master.
In order to avoid spoilers, I will stop my review here.