By John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins
Whilst the aged Allan Armadale makes a poor confession on his death-bed, he has little suggestion of the repercussions to come back, for the key he finds includes the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gasoline the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of stressed identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, funds – and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as 'One of the main hardened lady villains whose units and needs have ever blackened fiction'. She continues to be one of the so much enigmatic and interesting girls in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish center of this such a lot sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'.
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Bumble quickly filled a cup. After drinking half of it, Mrs. ” Mr. Bumble tried some wine, too. Then they sat back in their chairs, which were pushed quite close together. “This is a very comfortable room. The board gives you free coals, don’t they, Mrs. ” he asked, pressing her hand. “And candles,” said Mrs. Corney flirtatiously. “Coals, candles, and a house rent-free,” he said. “Oh, Mrs. ” Mrs. Corney sank into his arms. ” asked Mr. Bumble. “Poor Mr. Slout can’t live a week, the doctor says. And I shall take his place!
I never saw her like this,” said Fagin. To himself, Fagin guessed that Nancy had grown tired of Bill Sikes. Perhaps she had found someone new. But he was too clever to tell Sikes what he had been thinking. Perhaps, thought Fagin, Nancy could be talked into poisoning Sikes. Then Nancy would be free of him, and Fagin would be rid of him, too. This would 61 OLIVER TWIST be good for Fagin. After all these years, Sikes knew too much about Fagin’s business. And since Fagin would know of Nancy’s crime, he would have more power over the girl than ever.
Then, tired and worn out, she gave up the fight. Bill told her not to make any more efforts to go out that night, and left her to recover. Then Bill rejoined Fagin. ” asked Sikes. ” “I never saw her like this,” said Fagin. To himself, Fagin guessed that Nancy had grown tired of Bill Sikes. Perhaps she had found someone new. But he was too clever to tell Sikes what he had been thinking. Perhaps, thought Fagin, Nancy could be talked into poisoning Sikes. Then Nancy would be free of him, and Fagin would be rid of him, too.
Armadale (2nd Edition) by John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins