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The Guilty River

The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
By: (1824-1889)

After his father’s death Gerard Roylake returns from Germany to take up his inheritance at Trimley Deen. On one evening he meets his childhood friend, Cristel Toller. They fall in love, but there is a crux. A deaf man, called The Lodger is obsessed with Cristel. He invites Gerard to tea with evil intentions… and Gerard accepts the invitation.

The book is written in the first person and tells the story from Gerard's point of view.

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Wilkie Collins


Chapter I On the Way to the River Chapter II The River Introduces Us Chapter III He Shows Himself Chapter IV He Explains Himself Chapter V He Betrays Himself Chapter VI The Return of the Portfolio Chapter VII The Best Society Chapter VIII The Deaf Lodger Chapter IX Mrs. Roylake's Game: First Move Chapter X Warned! Chapter XI Warned Again! Chapter XII Warned for the Last Time! Chapter XIII The Claret Jug Chapter XIV Gloody Settles the Account Chapter XV The Miller's Hospitality Chapter XVI Bribery and Corruption Chapter XVII Utter Failure Chapter XVIII The Mistress of Trimley Deen



FOR reasons of my own, I excused myself from accompanying my stepmother to a dinner party given in our neighborhood. In my present humor, I preferred being alone and, as a means of getting through my idle time, I was quite content to be occupied in catching insects.

Provided with a brush and a mixture of rum and treacle, I went into Fordwitch Wood to set the snare, familiar to hunters of moths, which we call sugaring the trees... Continue reading book >>

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