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The Frozen Deep

The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins
By: (1824-1889)

The Frozen Deep is a story of a love triangle between Clara, Frank and Richard, spiced up with dangerous expeditions, mysterious visions and life-threatening circumstances. The end is as surprising and unexpected as we are (or are not) accustomed to in Collins' books.

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THE FROZEN DEEP

by Wilkie Collins

First Scene The Ball room

Chapter 1.

The date is between twenty and thirty years ago. The place is an English sea port. The time is night. And the business of the moment is dancing.

The Mayor and Corporation of the town are giving a grand ball, in celebration of the departure of an Arctic expedition from their port. The ships of the expedition are two in number the Wanderer and the Sea mew . They are to sail (in search of the Northwest Passage) on the next day, with the morning tide.

Honor to the Mayor and Corporation! It is a brilliant ball. The band is complete. The room is spacious. The large conservatory opening out of it is pleasantly lighted with Chinese lanterns, and beautifully decorated with shrubs and flowers. All officers of the army and navy who are present wear their uniforms in honor of the occasion. Among the ladies, the display of dresses (a subject which the men don't understand) is bewildering and the average of beauty (a subject which the men do understand) is the highest average attainable, in all parts of the room... Continue reading book >>


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