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Title: Armadale

Author: Wilkie Collins

Release Date: September 21, 2008 [EBook #1895]

Language: English

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Produced by James Rusk, and David Widger

ARMADALE

By Wilkie Collins

TO

JOHN FORSTER.

In acknowledgment of the services which he has rendered to the cause of literature by his 'Life of Goldsmith;' and in affectionate remembrance of a friendship which is associated with some of the happiest years of my life.

Readers in general—on whose friendly reception experience has given me some reason to rely—will, I venture to hope, appreciate whatever merit there may be in this story without any prefatory pleading for it on my part. They will, I think, see that it has not been hastily meditated or idly wrought out. They will judge it accordingly, and I ask no more.

Readers in particular will, I have some reason to suppose, be here and there disturbed, perhaps even offended, by finding that 'Armadale' oversteps, in more than one direction, the narrow limits within which they are disposed to restrict the development of modern fiction—if they can.

Nothing that I could say to these persons here would help me with them as Time will help me if my work lasts. I am not afraid of my design being permanently misunderstood, provided the execution has done it any sort of justice. Estimated by the clap-trap morality of the present day, this may be a very daring book. Judged by the Christian morality which is of all time, it is only a book that is daring enough to speak the truth.

LONDON, April, 1866.

Contents

ARMADALE.

PROLOGUE.

I. THE TRAVELERS.

II. THE SOLID SIDE OF THE SCOTCH CHARACTER.

III. THE WRECK OF THE TIMBER SHIP.

THE STORY.

BOOK THE FIRST.

I. THE MYSTERY OF OZIAS MIDWINTER.

II. THE MAN REVEALED.

III. DAY AND NIGHT

IV. THE SHADOW OF THE PAST.

V. THE SHADOW OF THE FUTURE.

BOOK THE SECOND

I. LURKING MISCHIEF.

II. ALLAN AS A LANDED GENTLEMAN.

III. THE CLAIMS OF SOCIETY.

IV. THE MARCH OF EVENTS.

V. MOTHER OLDERSHAW ON HER GUARD.

VI. MIDWINTER IN DISGUISE.

VII. THE PLOT THICKENS.

VIII. THE NORFOLK BROADS.

IX. FATE OR CHANCE?

X. THE HOUSE-MAID'S FACE.

XI. MISS GWILT AMONG THE QUICKSANDS.

XII. THE CLOUDING OF THE SKY.

XIII. EXIT.

BOOK THE THIRD.

I. MRS. MILROY.

II. THE MAN IS FOUND.

III. THE BRINK OF DISCOVERY.

IV. ALLAN AT BAY.

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