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The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

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The Woman in White

by
Wilkie Collins


THE STORY BEGUN BY WALTER HARTRIGHT
(of Clement's Inn, Teacher of Drawing)


This is the story of what a Woman's patience can endure, and what
a Man's resolution can achieve.

If the machinery of the Law could be depended on to fathom every
case of suspicion, and to conduct every process of inquiry, with
moderate assistance only from the lubricating influences of oil of
gold, the events which fill these pages might have claimed their
share of the public attention in a Court of Justice.

But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged
servant of the long purse; and the story is left to be told, for
the first time, in this place.  As the Judge might once have heard
it, so the Reader shall hear it now.  No circumstance of
importance, from the beginning to the end of the disclosure, shall
be related on hearsay evidence.  When the writer of these
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