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  • I am a bundle of nerves dressed up to look like a man!
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • There are three things that none of the young men of the present generation can do.They can't sit over their wine;they can't play at wist;and they can't pay a lady a compliment.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • There is nothing serious in mortality! Solomon in all his glory was Solomon with the elements of the contemptible lurking in every fold of his robes and in every corner of his palace.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • I sadly want a reform in the construction of children. Nature's only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")


  • Where is the woman who has ever really torn from her heart the image that has been once fixed in it by a true love? Books tell us that such unearthly creatures have existed - but what does our own experiences say in answer to books?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Is there any wilderness of sand in the deserts of Arabia, is there any prospect of desolation among the ruins of Palestine, which can rival the repelling effect on the eye, and the depressing influence on the mind, of an English country town in the first stage of its existence, and in the transition state of its prosperity?
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Let the music speak to us of tonight, in a happier language than our own.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Marian and I avoided all further reference to that other subject, which by her consent and mine, was not to be mentioned between us yet. It was not the less present in our minds--it was rather kept alive in them by the restraint which we had imposed on ourselves
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • No sensible man ever engages, unprepared, in a fencing match of words with a woman.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Not the shadow of a doubt crossed my mind of the purpose for which the Count had left the theatre. His escape from us, that evening, was beyond all question the preliminary only to his escape from London. The mark of the Brotherhood was on his arm-I felt as certain of it as if he had shown me the brand; and the betrayal of the Brotherhood was on his conscience-I had seen it in his recognition of Pesca.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • She looked so irresistibly beautiful as she said those brave words that no man alive could have steel his heart against her.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")

  • Tears are scientifically described as a Secretion. I can understand that a secretion may be healthy or unhealthy, but I cannot see the interest of a secretion from a sentimental point of view.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")


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