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Blind Love   By: (1824-1889)

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Blind Love

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Wilkie Collins (completed by Walter Besant)

CONTENTS

PREFACE

FIRST PERIOD

I THE SOUR FRENCH WINE II THE MAN SHE REFUSED III THE REGISTERED PACKET IV THE GAME: MOUNTJOY LOSES V THE GAME: MOUNTJOY PLAYS A NEW CARD VI THE GAME: MOUNTJOY WINS VII DOCTORING THE DOCTOR VIII HER FATHER'S MESSAGE IX MR. VIMPANY ON INTOXICATION X THE MOCKERY OF DECEIT XI MRS. VIMPANY'S FAREWELL XII LORD HARRY's DEFENCE

THE SECOND PERIOD

XIII IRIS AT HOME XIV THE LADY'S MAID XV MR. HENLEY'S TEMPER XVI THE DOCTOR IN FULL DRESS XVII ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH XVIII PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE XIX MR. HENLEY AT HOME XX FIRST SUSPICIONS OF IRIS XXI THE PARTING SCENE XXII THE FATAL WORDS

THE THIRD PERIOD

XXIII NEWS OF IRIS XXIV LORD HARRY'S HONEYMOON XXV THE DOCTOR IN DIFFICULTIES XXVI LONDON AND PARIS XXVII THE BRIDE AT HOME XXVIII THE MAID AND THE KEYHOLE XXIX THE CONQUEST OF MR. VIMPANY XXX SAXON AND CELT XXXI THE SCHOOL FOR HUSBANDS XXXII GOOD BYE TO IRIS XXXIII THE DECREE OF FATE XXXIV MY LORD'S MIND XXXV MY LADY'S MIND XXXVI THE DOCTOR MEANS MISCHIEF XXXVII THE FIRST QUARREL XXXVIII ICI ON PARLE FRANCAIS XXXIX THE MYSTERY OF THE HOSPITAL XL DIRE NECESSITY XLI THE MAN IS FOUND. XLII THE METTLESOME MAID XLIII FICTION: ATTEMPTED BY MY LORD XLIV FICTION: IMPROVED BY THE DOCTOR XLV FACT: RELATED BY FANNY XLVI MAN AND WIFE XLVII THE PATIENT AND MY LORD XLVIII "THE MISTRESS AND THE MAID" XLIX THE NURSE IS SENT AWAY L IN THE ALCOVE LI WHAT NEXT? LII THE DEAD MAN'S PHOTOGRAPH LIII THE WIFE'S RETURN LIV ANOTHER STEP LV THE ADVENTURES OF A FAITHFUL MAID LVI FANNY'S NARRATIVE LVII AT LOUVAIN LVIII OF COURSE THEY WILL PAY LIX THE CONSEQUENCES OF AN ADVERTISEMENT LX ON THE EVE OF A CHANGE LXI THE LAST DISCOVERY LXII THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS LXIII A REFUGE LXIV THE INVINCIBLES

PREFACE

IN the month of August 1889, and in the middle of the seaside holiday, a message came to me from Wilkie Collins, then, though we hoped otherwise, on his death bed.

It was conveyed to me by Mr. A. P. Watt. He told me that his son had just come from Wilkie Collins: that they had been speaking of his novel, "Blind Love," then running in the Illustrated London News : that the novel was, unfortunately, unfinished: that he himself could not possibly finish it: and that he would be very glad, if I would finish it if I could find the time. And that if I could undertake this work he would send me his notes of the remainder. Wilkie Collins added these words: "If he has the time I think he will do it: we are both old hands at this work, and understand it, and he knows that I would do the same for him if he were in my place."

Under the circumstances of the case, it was impossible to decline this request. I wrote to say that time should be made, and the notes were forwarded to me at Robin Hood's Bay. I began by reading carefully and twice over, so as to get a grip of the story and the novelist's intention, the part that had already appeared, and the proofs so far as the author had gone. I then turned to the notes. I found that these were not merely notes such as I expected simple indications of the plot and the development of events, but an actual detailed scenario, in which every incident, however trivial, was carefully laid down: there were also fragments of dialogue inserted at those places where dialogue was wanted to emphasise the situation and make it real. I was much struck with the writer's perception of the vast importance of dialogue in making the reader seize the scene. Description requires attention: dialogue rivets attention... Continue reading book >>




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