The Dream Woman

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The Dream Woman  (1876) 
by Wilkie Collins

Included in The Frozen Deep and Other Tales: Chatto and Windus, London, undated second edition; first published 1874.

THE DREAM WOMAN

A MYSTERY IN FOUR NARRATIVES

[Introductory Note.—The original version of this story was published, many years since, in "Household Words," and was afterwards printed in the collection of my shorter stories called "The Queen of Hearts." In the present version—written for my public readings in the United States—new characters and new incidents are introduced; and a new beginning and ending have been written. Indeed, the whole complexion of the narrative differs so essentially from the older and shorter version, as to justify me in believing that the reader will find in these pages what is, to all practical intents and purposes, a new story.—W. C]


PERSONS OF THE MYSTERY.

Francis Raven … … (Ostler).
Mrs. Raven … … (His mother).
Mrs. Chance … … (His aunt).
Percy Fairbank (His master and mistress).
Mrs. Fairbank
Joseph Ricobert … … (His fellow-servant).
Alicia Warlock … … (His wife).
Period—The Present Time.
Scene—Partly in England, partly in France.

CONTENTS

Introductory Statement of the Facts. By Percy Fairbank 139

Chapters (not listed in original)
I. II. III.

The Ostler's Story. Told by Himself 155

Chapters (not listed in original)
IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. IX. X. XI. XII. XIII.

The Story Continued. By Percy Fairbank 200

Chapters (not listed in original)
XIV. XV. XVI.

The Statement of Joseph Rigobert 204

Chapters (not listed in original)
Last Lines. Added By Percy Fairbank.

This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.