Armadale (2nd Edition) by John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins

By John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins

While the aged Allan Armadale makes a bad confession on his death-bed, he has little notion of the repercussions to come back, for the key he finds includes the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gasoline the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of harassed identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, cash – and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as 'One of the main hardened lady villains whose units and needs have ever blackened fiction'. She continues to be one of the such a lot enigmatic and interesting girls in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish middle of this such a lot sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'.

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