The Legacy of Cain
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The Legacy of Cain

By Wilkie Collins
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Are our morals imbued in us through teaching and example, or do we come into this world with our personality and values written in our genes? The Legacy of Cain is novelist Wilkie Collins' engrossing take on the age-old nature-or-nurture question. When a woman sentenced to death begs a man of the cloth to care for her soon-to-be-orphaned child, the situation presents itself as a profound conundrum: is the offspring inevitably doomed to repeat the sins and transgressions of its ...

Table of Contents
  • THE LEGACY OF CAIN
  • THE LEGACY OF CAIN.
    • First Period: 1858-1859. EVENTS IN THE PRISON, RELATED BY THE GOVERNOR.
    • CHAPTER I. THE GOVERNOR EXPLAINS.
    • CHAPTER II. THE MURDERESS ASKS QUESTIONS.
    • CHAPTER III. THE CHILD APPEARS.
    • CHAPTER IV. THE MINISTER SAYS YES.
    • CHAPTER V. MISS CHANCE ASSERTS HERSELF.
    • CHAPTER VI. THE DOCTOR DOUBTS.
    • CHAPTER VII. THE MURDERESS CONSULTS THE AUTHORITIES.
    • CHAPTER VIII. THE MINISTER SAYS GOOD-BY.
    • CHAPTER IX. THE GOVERNOR RECEIVES A VISIT.
    • CHAPTER X. MISS CHANCE REAPPEARS.
    • Second Period: 1875. THE GIRLS AND THE JOURNALS.
    • CHAPTER XI. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XII. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XIII. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XIV. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XV. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XVI. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XVII. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XVIII. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XIX. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XX. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXI. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXII. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXIII. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXIV. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXV. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXVI. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXVII. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXIX. HELENA'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXX. EUNICE'S DIARY.
    • CHAPTER XXXI. EUNICE'S DIARY.
      • My restless nights are passed in Selina's room.
    • CHAPTER XXXII. THE MIDDLE-AGED LADY.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII. THE MINISTER'S MISFORTUNE.
      • "Do you know that lady?" Miss Helena asked, as we entered the house.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV. THE LIVELY OLD MAID.
    • CHAPTER XXXV. THE FUTURE LOOKS GLOOMY.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI. THE WANDERING MIND.
      • For the moment, the Minister disappointed me.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII. THE SHAMELESS SISTER.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII. THE GIRLS' AGES.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX. THE ADOPTED CHILD
      • I opened the door.
    • CHAPTER XL. THE BRUISED HEART.
    • CHAPTER XLI. THE WHISPERING VOICE.
    • CHAPTER XLII. THE QUAINT PHILOSOPHER.
    • CHAPTER XLIII. THE MASTERFUL MASSEUSE.
    • CHAPTER XLIV. THE RESURRECTION OF THE PAST.
    • CHAPTER XLV. THE FATAL PORTRAIT.
      • I knocked at the bedroom door.
    • CHAPTER XLVI. THE CUMBERSOME LADIES.
    • CHAPTER XLVII. THE JOURNEY TO THE FARM.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII. THE DECISION OF EUNICE.
    • CHAPTER XLIX. THE GOVERNOR ON HIS GUARD.
    • CHAPTER L. THE NEWS FROM THE FARM.
    • CHAPTER LI. THE TRIUMPH OF MRS. TENBRUGGEN.
    • Third period: 1876. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
    • CHAPTER LII. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
    • CHAPTER LIII. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
    • CHAPTER LIV. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
    • CHAPTER LV. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
      • I did think of it. Philip came to us, and lived in our house.
    • CHAPTER LVI. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
    • CHAPTER LVII. HELENA'S DIARY RESUMED.
    • CHAPTER LVIII. DANGER.
    • CHAPTER LIX. DEFENSE.
    • CHAPTER LX. DISCOVERY.
    • CHAPTER LXI. ATROCITY.
    • CHAPTER LXII. THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED.
    • CHAPTER LXIII. THE OBSTACLE REMOVED.
    • CHAPTER LXIV. THE TRUTH TRIUMPHANT.
    • POSTSCRIPT.
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