Magdalen Vanstone and her sister Norah learn the true meaning of social stigma in Victorian England only after the traumatic discovery that their dearly loved parents, whose sudden deaths have left them orphans, were not married at the time of their birth. Disinherited by law and brutally ousted from Combe-Raven, the idyllic
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Everything in the Vanstone household is just tickety boo until a) father dear is killed in a train crash and b) mama dear dies in childbirth so c) their two lovely daughters are orphaned and there are complications whereby the estate is inherited by the estranged older brother who couldn’t give a monkey’s about the two lovely sisters so what are they to do? Well, actually, Wilkie is only interested in Magdalen, the sexier of the two, so let’s rephrase that, what is she to do?
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it was amazing
Love you Mr Collins! You never cease to amaze me with your writing and uncanny ability to suck me into your books which look to be a million pages, but read as if they are a few hundred. I so enjoy the fact that you have always shown a respect and concern for women and you present them, while often flawed, as people you admire and trust. Oftentimes Victorian authors belittle their female protagonists and have inauspicious fates awaiting those who do not walk the Victorian line. (hear that Mr Dic
Within this story lies loving parents, sisters, and deceit. Our main protagonist, Magdalen, and her sister, Norah, are given crushing news after their parents’ death that rips the ground out literally from under them and propels them into an environment that they were little prepared for. Collins presents this story with what one can tell, his opposition to the laws of the court which will govern these girls destinies. He also provides a truly cruel uncle and his son who add the human aspect of unkindness and hatred.
Magdalen takes it upon herself, through any means to right the wrong that has been done to her sister and herself. She becomes a worthy and devious woman to a quite worthy adversary, one Mrs Lecount, a woman one can grow to hate quite easily. How Magdalen succeeds and fails is the gist of this novel and as always Mr Collins is able to weave out a tale that keeps the reader going through page after page. He is the master storyteller, never confusing one with lots of rhetoric or too many words.
I am always amazed that Mr Collins is not taught more in schools and is somewhat overlooked in the world of Victorian writers. He was a wonderful author who always thrills me and makes me very happy that I have read his works. Thanks, Mr Collins, for again keeping me up in the dead of night! You are well worth burning the midnight oil.
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Before Wilkie Collins became an enormously successful novelist in the mid-nineteenth century, he studied law with the intent of becoming an attorney. Although he completed his studies he never actually practiced. His knowledge and interest in the field is revealed in the plots of many of his novels. No Name is an example of Collins’ training in estate law and the various intricacies of the rules and loopholes during that period in mid 19th century England.
The opening plot of No Name presents an