Armadale

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Armadale  (1866) 
by Wilkie Collins
Armadale (1866) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century semi epistolary novel. Parts of the novel consists of letters between the various characters, other chapters record the events as the characters perceive them. The novel has a very convoluted plot about two distant cousins both named Allan Armadale. The father of one had murdered the father of the other (also both called Allan Armadale). — Excerpted from Armadale on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

TO

JOHN FORSTER.

In acknowledgment of the services which he has rendered to the cause of literature by his "Life of Goldsmith;" and in affectionate remembrance of a friendship which is associated with some of the happiest years of my life.


Readers in general—on whose friendly reception experience has given me some reason to rely—will, I venture to hope, appreciate whatever merit there may be in this story without any prefatory pleading for it on my part. They will, I think, see that it has not been hastily meditated or idly wrought out. They will judge it accordingly, and I ask no more.

Readers in particular will, I have some reason to suppose, be here and there disturbed, perhaps even offended, by finding that "Armadale" oversteps, in more than one direction, the narrow limits within which they are disposed to restrict the development of modern fiction—if they can.

Nothing that I could say to these persons here would help me with them as Time will help me if my work lasts. I am not afraid of my design being permanently misunderstood, provided the execution has done it any sort of justice. Estimated by the clap-trap morality of the present day, this may be a very daring book. Judged by the Christian morality which is of all time, it is only a book that is daring enough to speak the truth.

LONDON, April, 1866.

Contents[edit]

Prologue:

Book the First:

Book the Second:

Book the Third:

Book the Fourth:

Book the Last:

Epilogue:

Appendix

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.