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First one-volume edition, 18711889 yellowback edition
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First publication
1859–1860, serialized in magazines All the Year Round and Harper's Weekly

First book publication
1860

Literary form
Novel

Genre
Literary, mystery

Writing language
English

Author's country
England

Length
Approx. 216,000 words

The Woman in White

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Notable lines

First line

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

Passages

I have always held the old-fashioned opinion that the primary object of work of fiction should be to tell a story.

Preface to the Second Edition

Any woman who is sure of her own wits, is a match, at any time, for a man who is not sure of his own temper.

The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?

I am nothing but a bundle of nerves dressed up to look like a man.

Some of us rush through life and some of us saunter through life. Mrs. Vesey sat through life.

My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.

The best men are not consistent in good—why should the worst men be consistent in evil?

Last line

Marian was the good angel of our lives—let Marian end our story.

— Eric McMillan

 

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See also:

Author
Charles Dickens

Novel
Oliver Twist

Story
The Murders in the Rue Morgue

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