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Within the Law   By: (1869-1943)

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Within the Law by Bayard Veiller is a thrilling play that delves into the dark underbelly of the justice system. Set during the early 20th century, the story follows Mary Turner, a young woman who becomes a victim of circumstance and takes matters into her own hands.

Veiller's captivating narrative grips the reader from the very beginning, as we witness Mary's transformation from a naive and innocent girl into a determined and cunning force to be reckoned with. The author masterfully builds tension and suspense throughout the play, keeping readers on the edge of their seats.

One of the standout aspects of this work is Veiller's exploration of the flaws within the legal system. He intertwines themes of social inequality, corruption, and the lengths people will go to seek justice. The play raises thought-provoking questions about the limits of the law and whether it truly serves the best interests of society.

The characters in Within the Law are vividly portrayed and multidimensional. Mary Turner is an enigmatic protagonist who elicits both sympathy and admiration. Her strategic planning and determination to uncover the truth captivate the reader. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, showcasing various motivations and shades of gray.

Veiller's mastery of dialogue shines in this play. The witty and sharp exchanges between characters create an immersive experience for the reader. The realistic portrayal of courtroom dramas and the legal process adds a layer of authenticity to the story.

While Within the Law is undoubtedly a gripping and engrossing play, some readers might find it slightly predictable. There are moments when the outcome seems telegraphed, taking away from the element of surprise. However, the overall strength of the narrative compensates for this minor flaw.

In conclusion, Within the Law is a compelling play that explores the dark side of justice. It keeps readers hooked with its intricate plot, well-rounded characters, and thought-provoking themes. Veiller's skillful storytelling makes this a must-read for anyone interested in legal dramas and social commentary.

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From The Play Of Bayard Veiller

By Marvin Dana



I. The Panel of Light II. A Cheerful Prodigal III. Only Three Years IV. Kisses and Kleptomania V. The Victim of the Law VI. Inferno VII. Within the Law VIII. A Tip from Headquarters X. A Legal Document X. Marked Money XI. The Thief XII. A Bridegroom Spurned XIII. The Advent of Griggs XIV. A Wedding Announcement XV. Aftermath of Tragedy XVI. Burke Plots XVII. Outside the Law XVIII. The Noiseless Death XIX. Within the Toils XX. Who Shot Griggs? XXI. Aggie at Bay XXII. The Trap That Failed XXIII. The Confession XXIV. Anguish and Bliss


The lids of the girl's eyes lifted slowly, and she stared at the panel of light in the wall. Just at the outset, the act of seeing made not the least impression on her numbed brain. For a long time she continued to regard the dim illumination in the wall with the same passive fixity of gaze. Apathy still lay upon her crushed spirit. In a vague way, she realized her own inertness, and rested in it gratefully, subtly fearful lest she again arouse to the full horror of her plight... Continue reading book >>

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