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The Evil Genius

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Author: Wilkie Collins
Published: 1886
Language: English
Wordcount: 109,706 / 321 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 3,849
mnybks.net#: 1789
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Thriller
Excerpt

the moment was: How will she bear the interval of delay which precedes the giving of the verdict?

In the popular phrase, Mrs. Westerfield was a showy woman. Her commanding figure was finely robed in dark colors; her profuse light hair hung over her forehead in little clusters of ringlets; her features, firmly but not delicately shaped, were on a large scale. No outward betrayal of the wife's emotion rewarded the public curiosity: her bold light-gray eyes sustained the general gaze without flinching. To the surprise of the women present, she had brought her two young children with her to the trial. The eldest was a pretty little girl of ten years old; the second child (a boy) sat on his mother's knee. It was generally observed that Mrs. Westerfield took no notice of her eldest child. When she whispered a word from time to time, it was always addressed to her son. She fondled him when he grew restless; but she never looked round to see if the girl at her side was as weary of the proceedings as the boy.

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2011.07.09
scott
****.

An interesting insight into the time (1860s) that this was written. The story is about a husband and wife whose marriage is tested by the husband's love for their child's governess.

2010.12.03
Bob Lytle
*****

This is an excellent, very early (1886), vision of the issue of the failure of marriage coupled with the almost unheard word of "Divorce". Wonderful author's voice. What a great insight into an era 140 years ago when women's rights, just, began to change.


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