Armadale
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Armadale

By Wilkie Collins
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1866. A close friend of Charles Dickens, Collins is one of the most readable of the Victorian novelists and some critics credit him with the invention of Sensation/Detective novel. Originally serialized in The Cornhill, in Armadale the two heroes of the novel, Ozias Midwinter and Allan Armadale, are born under a curse since Midwinter's father had murdered Armadale's father. On his death bed, Midwinter's father warns that if these two sons ever meet, tragedy will occur. Midwinter learns the story and is uncertain whether to leave Allan or to work at changing their fate. The novel also features a doctor who is running a clandestine abortion clinic. When that operation is shut down by the police, he opens a private sanitarium for monetary gain. When the local ladies come to tour the facilities he espouses a system of liberal care, when in actuality the building is laid out with an intricate system of pipes that allow him to keep his patients continually sedated. At the novel's end, the doctor is found to be planning a murder using those pipes. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.

Table of Contents
  • ARMADALE
  • 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.
      • 1. From Ozias Midwinter to Mr. Brock.
    • 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.
      • 1. From the Rev. Decimus Brock to Ozias Midwinter.
    • 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.
    • V. PEDGIFT'S REMEDY.
    • VI. PEDGIFT'S POSTSCRIPT.
    • VII. THE MARTYRDOM OF MISS GWILT.
    • VIII. SHE COMES BETWEEN THEM.
    • IX. SHE KNOWS THE TRUTH.
      • 1. From Mr. Bashwood to Miss Gwilt.
    • X. MISS GWILT'S DIARY.
    • XI. LOVE AND LAW.
    • XII. A SCANDAL AT THE STATION.
    • XIII. AN OLD MAN'S HEART.
    • XIV. MISS GWILT'S DIARY.
    • XV. THE WEDDING-DAY.
    • BOOK THE FOURTH.
    • I. MISS GWILT'S DIARY.
    • II. THE DIARY CONTINUED.
    • III. THE DIARY BROKEN OFF.
    • BOOK THE LAST.
    • I. AT THE TERMINUS.
    • II. IN THE HOUSE.
    • III. THE PURPLE FLASK.
    • EPILOGUE.
    • I. NEWS FROM NORFOLK.
    • II. MIDWINTER.
    • APPENDIX.
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