A novel about a young woman, Jessie Yelverton (also known as the Queen of Hearts), aged 20, who soon inherits an inheritance from her dead parents. Due to a strange set of circumstances, Jessie is forced to stay at her caregiver’s house for six weeks until her 21st birthday. The guardian’s name is Griffith, he is a lawyer and lives with his two older brothers.
The mistress of the old estate – the Portgen Tower – dies, leaving a dying letter in which she makes a fatal confession. The discovery of this secret can have truly tragic consequences for all the inhabitants of the estate. But the maid, hoping to keep the peace of her masters, hides the letter in the old abandoned room of the castle – the Dead Room. Many years will pass before the Dead Room will part with its terrible secret.
There is literally no such thing as an evil genius, just a lot of depressed people who were not lucky enough to live in the 1800s. This is a historical family drama. A very abrupt end. It’s never quite clear who the evil genius is. But he certainly gave us a clear idea of just how devastating adultery can be.
Full of noble aspirations, a young graduate of the American Christian Community, Amelius Goldenhart, comes to his homeland in England. Here he falls in love with Regina, the niece of the wealthy merchant Farneby, but, having learned selfishness and cruelty, the hypocrisy of the world, he gives his heart to the destitute, lonely girl Sally – one of the representatives of the „fallen leaves” of bourgeois society.
A tragic incident leaves a girl from an aristocratic family without the right not only to an inheritance, but even to a family name. But the talented and energetic beauty is not going to surrender to the will of fate – she will throw all her ingenuity and desperate audacity into the cause of restoring justice. True, for this you have to give up a lot...
This is a typical English Victorian novel. The action takes place in a women’s closed boarding house, the main characters are girls, one of them will turn out to be of aristocratic origin, the other will have a passionate affair with an unrecognized artist.. in a word, everything we expect from Victorian novels is passion, moralizing, trials, censure of vices and exaltation of virtues.
The heroine of the novel, Mina, the only daughter of Madame de Fontaine, is in love with Fritz. But Fritz’s father is opposed to his son’s marriage and believes that Mina and her mother encroached on the family’s wealth. Suddenly, the groom’s father, Mr. Koehler, falls ill, and Madame de Fontaine gives the sick man a miraculous medicine. She cures him of a fatal illness. But this medicine turns out to be an antidote. Who poisoned Herr Koehler?
These are Victorian melodramas set in England with a strong focus on the class system, but in the end that’s what makes the stories so special. There are several common themes of Wilkie Collins, including the general theme of the return of a character presumed dead. Great for readers of Victorian fiction.
The novel is set in England in the mid-nineteenth century. Due to the imperfection of the marriage legislation of England, Ireland and Scotland and the presence of conflicting articles in it, a woman becomes a victim of her scoundrel husband, and then her daughter falls into the same situation many years later. But fate, although cruel, is fair – with the help of friends, the girl manages to overcome all difficulties and obstacles, save her life and find her happiness.
Mrs. Galileo is engaged in various studies and spends much more than she can afford. Suddenly, Mrs. Galileo receives custody of her niece Carmina, in her plans to never let the guardianship out of her hands. The doctor’s secret experiments in vivisection lead to the fact that a young girl becomes infected with a terrible virus.
„When Night Falls” is a complex novel. Six fascinating stories, full of mystery and tension, are collected by the author into a single picture, worthy of taking its place among the most exquisite works of classic English literature. The stories consist of formal introductions to each story, including character sketches of the alleged narrators, a fictional portrait painter taking a break from sore eyes, and diary entries of the artist’s wife.
The hero of the novel, Armadel, decides how to deceive fate, become loved and fall in love for life. The mysteries of life are the mysteries of love, which are presented to us by the main characters of the novel, and it is up to the readers to decide which characters to side with. A cry of passion or the silent restraint of love – this is how the heroes of the novel behave.
This is a charming and highly readable novel written in the middle of the 19th century. This novel also combines the adventure and twists of a novel with a moderately upper-class protagonist. Frank sees work life as a problem, and by his 25th birthday, he has failed in medicine, portraiture, caricature, and even forgery. Disillusioned with life, he despaired of finding something to do until he met Alicia Dulcifer.