This is the story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve. (Walter Hartright – The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins)
Are you lost in the center of the mystery? Are you standing in a shadowed corner listening to voices down a dark and silent hall… heart beating and breath catching… what is the meaning of these events?
Are those footsteps? Have they read what you have written in your private journal just minutes ago.
That dull ache in your temple and the damp palms that you clasp together against your breast… surely they are not fevered… for then... who will protect her?
If you have experienced any of these emotions then you are happily deep into the story of The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins.
Twelve o’clock has struck; and I have just come back to close these pages, after looking out at my open window.
It is a still, sultry, moonless night. The stars are dull and few. The trees that shut out the view on all sides, look dimly black and solid in the distance, like a great wall of rock. I hear the croaking of frogs, faint and far off; and the echoes of the great clock hum in the airless calm, long after the strokes have ceased. I wonder how Blackwater Park will look in the daytime? I don’t altogether like it by night. (Marian Halcombe – The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins)
REMINDER - The next Jane Austen Tea Society Book Tea will be in two weeks – October 1, 2011!
If you haven’t started reading, it’s not too late! But you must make haste to be ready to enjoyably discuss this beloved classic over High Tea tastries, fragrant teas and the camaraderie of fellow lovers of great literature!