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Review The Woman In White

3/22/2013 Bassima Alansary 2 Comments

Title: The Woman in White.

Author: Wilkie Collins .

Re-told by: Richard G. Lewis.

Publisher: Oxford - Bookworms series - Level 6.
“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.” 

“The fool's crime is the crime that is found out and the wise man's crime is the crime that is not found out.” 

Hello Blog friends 

     I've recently finished reading this book with my friend Shizusan, I wanted to read this book because I've seen its film few years ago and it was a catchy one. I've read it was one of the most successful novels written by Collins, so I was excited to start reading this book for better understanding of the story.

     I read it every Monday chapter by chapter, Shizusan and I did not find any difficulty going through the book. I was expecting it to be a heavy going book because it is on level six, but the writing was simple and we understood most of the vocabulary.

     The Woman in White is a crime fiction kind of novels with the hero Walter Hartright, and it was told by different narratives, I liked this style because it makes me see the story from multiple aspects of  view.

     The events of the story takes place in the 19th century, it starts by Walter Hartright (the hero) who recently has accepted to be a drawing teacher for two ladies at Limmeridge House. walking late on the street to London when he met with a strange lady she was dressed in white, she looked frightened and tired, he helped her on her way to London but afterwards he knew that she has escaped from an asylum.
    The next day Walter arrived at Limmeridge House and met with his employer Mr. Fairlie, and his students: Laura Fairlie, Mr Fairlie's niece, and her half-sister Marian Halcombe. To his shock he realised the obvious likeness between Laura and the Woman in White who knew later that her name is Anne Catherick.

     Soon Walter fell in love with Laura, but Walter didn't know that Laura has promised her father to marry Sir Percival Glyde, Marian knowing that Laura loves her teacher advisees Walter to leave Limmeridge House before any harm could be done to both of them, so he quits his job and went back home.
    After that Laura got married to Sir Percival and became Lady Glyde, but she was still in love with her teacher, after their honeymoon Laura and her husband returned to Blackwater park in Hampshire, Marian came to live with her sister, Count Fosco and his wife who's Laura's aunt came to live at Blackwater, too.

     Marian knew that Sir Percival has financial problems, he tried to force Laura to sign a document that's allows him to use her £20,000, but Marian stood up for her and prevent him with the help from Fosco.
     After that the story gets more excited, Marian discovers Mr. Glyde and count Fosco's plot to obtain her sister's money, but unfortunately she got typhus fever and was unconscious for about a month.
   During this time Sir Percival fooled Laura to go to London and stay at Count Fosco's house, and a few days after her arrival she passed away.

     When Marian has got better she was shocked by the news of her sister death, she didn't know what to do, so  she asked Hartright to help her, then a trip of  inquiries and investigations led by  Walter Hartright and Marian against Sir Percival and Count Fosco has started.

The story is really good and breath taking, if you are looking for a crime plus romance story I advise you to read this book, you'll learn a very useful new vocabulary. 

Thanks to my friend Shizusan for reading the book with me, I enjoyed every minute.

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