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The modern society though cannot condone her conduct, for no decent society can sanction deception, would understand Magdalen better; would appreciate the circumstances that drove her to act as she did. He’s given little quirks like recording all his swindles as carefully as if they were legitimate business deals, or having certain mannerisms in the way he talks. But he doesn’t have either the humour of Dickens’ minor characters nor the truly sinister feeling of Dickens’ villains. From the early 1850s he was a friend of Charles Dickens, who produced and acted in two melodramas written by Collins, The Lighthouse and The Frozen Deep. Everything in the Vanstone household is just tickety boo until a) father dear is killed in a train crash and b) mama dear dies in childbirth so c) their two lovely daughters are orphaned and there are complications whereby the estate is inherited by the estranged older brother who couldn't give a monkey's about the two lovely sisters so what are they to do?

Also, I understand that the book is of its time, but the way Wilkie refers to his female characters almost drove me crazy. Born in Marylebone, London in 1824, Collins' family enrolled him at the Maida Hill Academy in 1835, but then took him to France and Italy with them between 1836 and 1838. No me gustan las novelas de detectives, y aunque 'Sin nombre' no es una de ellas, está concebida como si lo fuera, con sus personajes planeando intrigas minuciosamente y llenas de detalles que personalmente no podían interesarme menos. Maybe I’m a little bit biased and a just a plain old sucker for this type of literature, but I’ve been a fan of Wilkie Collins and his sensationalist style fiction since I read The Moonstone years ago. When my husband was in college studying radio and broadcasting, he directed a radio play of The Moonstone and loved it.

And he certainly didn't hesitate to use that platform to express his deep dismay over the inequities that he perceived in those laws.

I haven’t read The Dead Secret, but I wasn’t overwhelmed by either The Moonstone or The Woman in White either. Vanstone is worried by Mrs Lecount’s vague threats, and he agrees with Wragge to marry Magdalen in secret. But OK, so he’s no Dickens, and his characters’ sole obsession is with acquiring and hoarding money. X. When Mr Clare also agrees to the proposal, Mr Vanstone sends for his London lawyer, but then later the same day he is killed in a train crash.

I enjoyed my first reading of the story, but it was on the second reading of it that I decided it's not only my favourite Wilkie Collins novel, but my favourite novel of all and Wlkie Collins has now become my favourite author. The 1860s saw Collins' creative high-point, and it was during this decade that he achieved fame and critical acclaim, with his four major novels, 'The Woman in White' (1860), 'No Name' (1862), 'Armadale' (1866) and 'The Moonstone' (1868).

It includes concealed identity, illegitimacy, a complex and disputed will, a false marriage, and all the ramifications of the English law of inheritance and its effects on women. The money goes to their father’s estranged brother, Michael Vanstone, who resolutely refuses to help them. It leaves half of the inheritance to Magdalen, but she tears up the letter of Trust and accepts Kirke’s offer of marriage.Lawyer Loscombe thinks that the second will cannot be contested, but he suspects the existence of a Secret Trust. In the absence of law as a protector, deception becomes her protector and weapon by which to achieve her end. Magdalen goes to London to see Norah, but she believes that Norah and Miss Garth have conspired against her. With the help of an unscrupulous con artist, Captain Horatio Wragge, Magdalen embarks on a labyrinthine Machiavellian scheme to steal back her birthright.

Please don't expect ACTUAL murdering going on or selling herself on the streets or anything LEWD like a close-up description of the skin texture of a frog. With the involvement of Captain Wragge, Noel Vanstone, another marriage, and the appearance of Captain Kirke all help in the mystery of losing ones family fortune, reputation, and name.

This is the story of two young women, daughters of a wealthy family, who discover through a cruel trick of fate that they have been left penniless after their parents die suddenly. Tan solo un par de personajes me gustaron realmente, entre los que destaco sin duda al MARAVILLOSO Capitán Wragge, por su mera presencia, las 700 páginas de este libro merecen la pena, ¡Porque menudo personajazo!

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