The law and the lady
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The law and the lady

By Wilkie Collins
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Probably the first full-length novel with a woman detective as its heroine, The Law and the Lady (1875) is a fascinating example of Collins' later fiction. Valeria Valerie Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name incorrectly in the marriage register; this slip is followed by a gradual disclosure of secrets about her husband's earlier life, each of which leads to another set of questions and enigmas. Developing many of the techniques at work in The Moonstone in bizarre and unexpected ways, and employing both Gothic and fantastic elements, The Law and the Lady adds a significant dimension to the history of the detective novel. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Table of Contents
  • THE LAW AND THE LADY
    • NOTE:
      • ADDRESSED TO THE READER.
  • THE LAW AND THE LADY.
    • PART I. PARADISE LOST.
    • CHAPTER I. THE BRIDE'S MISTAKE.
    • CHAPTER II. THE BRIDE'S THOUGHTS.
    • CHAPTER III. RAMSGATE SANDS.
    • CHAPTER IV. ON THE WAY HOME.
    • CHAPTER V. THE LANDLADY'S DISCOVERY.
    • CHAPTER VI. MY OWN DISCOVERY.
    • CHAPTER VII. ON THE WAY TO THE MAJOR.
      • "YES," said Benjamin. "It is a coincidence certainly. Still—"
    • CHAPTER VIII. THE FRIEND OF THE WOMEN.
    • CHAPTER IX. THE DEFEAT OF THE MAJOR.
    • CHAPTER X. THE SEARCH.
    • CHAPTER XI. THE RETURN TO LIFE.
    • CHAPTER XII. THE SCOTCH VERDICT.
    • CHAPTER XIII. THE MAN'S DECISION.
    • CHAPTER XIV. THE WOMAN'S ANSWER.
    • PART II. PARADISE REGAINED.
    • CHAPTER XV. THE STORY OF THE TRIAL. THE PRELIMINARIES.
    • CHAPTER XVI. FIRST QUESTION—DID THE WOMAN DIE POISONED?
    • CHAPTER XVII. SECOND QUESTION—WHO POISONED HER?
    • CHAPTER XVIII. THIRD QUESTION—WHAT WAS HIS MOTIVE?
    • CHAPTER XIX. THE EVIDENCE FOR THE DEFENSE.
    • CHAPTER XX. THE END OF THE TRIAL.
    • CHAPTER XXI. I SEE MY WAY.
    • CHAPTER XXII. THE MAJOR MAKES DIFFICULTIES.
    • CHAPTER XXIII
      • MY MOTHER-IN-LAW SURPRISES ME.
    • CHAPTER XXIV. MISERRIMUS DEXTER—FIRST VIEW.
    • CHAPTER XXV. MISERRIMUS DEXTER—SECOND VIEW
    • CHAPTER XXVI. MORE OF MY OBSTINACY.
    • CHAPTER XXVII. MR. DEXTER AT HOME.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII. IN THE DARK.
    • CHAPTER XXIX. IN THE LIGHT.
    • CHAPTER XXX. THE INDICTMENT OF MRS. BEAULY.
    • CHAPTER XXXI. THE DEFENSE OF MRS. BEAULY.
    • CHAPTER XXXII. A SPECIMEN OF MY WISDOM.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII. A SPECIMEN OF MY FOLLY.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV. GLENINCH.
    • CHAPTER XXXV. MR. PLAYMORE'S PROPHECY.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI. ARIEL.
      • I PASSED a sleepless night.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII. AT THE BEDSIDE.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII. ON THE JOURNEY BACK.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX. ON THE WAY TO DEXTER.
    • CHAPTER XL. NEMESIS AT LAST.
    • CHAPTER XLI. MR. PLAYMORE IN A NEW CHARACTER.
    • CHAPTER XLII. MORE SURPRISES.
      • The same evening I received my "abstract" by the hands of a clerk.
    • CHAPTER XLIII. AT LAST!
    • CHAPTER XLIV. OUR NEW HONEYMOON.
    • CHAPTER XLV. THE DUST-HEAP DISTURBED.
    • CHAPTER XLVI. THE CRISIS DEFERRED.
    • CHAPTER XLVII. THE WIFE'S CONFESSION.
      • "GLENINCH, October 19, 18—.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII. WHAT ELSE COULD I DO?
    • CHAPTER XLIX. PAST AND FUTURE.
    • CHAPTER L.
      • THE LAST OF THE STORY.
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