The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins was a surprise to me. Before I read it, I didn’t read any reviews or descriptions of any kind about said book, so I went into the book without knowing anything. The plot builds slowly, so, if one reads the book, stay with it. I don’t believe you’ll regret it. Keep in mind it was published in 1860. The beliefs about men and women were different at that time.
The story begins with a ghostly encounter between Walter Hartright and the Woman in White.
Walter Hartright, an artist, has been commissioned to teach Laura Fairlie to draw and paint. Soon after arriving at the Fairlie home, Walter finds himself falling in love with Laura. Upon learning she is engaged to another, he leaves the estate. Through the course of time, Walter and Laura are reunited and Walter discovers he is embroiled in the nefarious activity of Sir Percival Glyde and his long time friend, Count Fosco. The duplicity of Percival and Fosco are well described. I don’t ever remember reading a novel where the antagonists are such snakes, full of poison.
However, the story does have it’s hero and heroine. Walter is removed from the book for a considerable amount of time because he travels. However, when he returns and finds Laura in a spot of bother, he is certainly up for the challenge. His love, dedication, tenacity, perseverance are obvious. And! Miss Halcombe is completely committed to Laura and will assist in any way she can. Miss Halcombe is a strong, female protagonist and my favorite character in the story. I thought it was well-written.
Much love ~