History Creator / WilkieCollins

20th Apr '18 5:58:52 AM john_e
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* BreakTheCutie: Sarah Leeson in ''The Dead Secret'' -- her fiancé died in a mining accident the day after the marriage was arranged, and her life went downhill from there.


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* LawOfInverseFertility: In the backstory of ''The Dead Secret'' -- Mrs Treverton and her husband desperately wanted a child but hadn't been able to conceive one.


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* PrematurelyGreyHaired: Sarah Leeson in ''The Dead Secret'', which we eventually learn was caused by the tragic death of her fiancé.
16th Apr '18 3:49:26 AM john_e
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* SchmuckBait: In ''The Dead Secret'', Mrs Jazeph warns Rosamond: "When you go to Porthgenna, keep out of the Myrtle Room." Rosamond promptly decides that the moment they find out where the Myrtle Room is, she'll go straight there.



* SchmuckBait: In ''The Dead Secret'', Mrs Jazeph warns Rosamond: "When you go to Porthgenna, keep out of the Myrtle Room." Rosamond promptly decides that the moment they find out where the Myrtle Room is, she'll go straight there.


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* {{Tomboy}}: Rosamond in ''The Dead Secret'', in her younger days. The vicar's young son describes her as "the only girl I ever saw who was fit to play with boys."
16th Apr '18 3:41:39 AM john_e
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* BeardOfSorrow: In ''The Dead Secret'', Andrew Treverton let his beard grow when he lost faith in humanity.
-->In the year eighteen hundred and forty-four, the fact of a man's not shaving was regarded by the enlightened majority of the English nation as a proof of unsoundness of intellect. At the present time Mr. Treverton's beard would only have interfered with his reputation for respectability. Seventeen years ago it was accepted as so much additional evidence in support of the old theory that his intellects were deranged.


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* TheScrooge: Andrew Treverton in ''The Dead Secret'' is quite well-off, but he doesn't have any interest in comfort or luxury, so he lives an extremely frugal life.
* SchmuckBait: In ''The Dead Secret'', Mrs Jazeph warns Rosamond: "When you go to Porthgenna, keep out of the Myrtle Room." Rosamond promptly decides that the moment they find out where the Myrtle Room is, she'll go straight there.
14th Nov '17 9:31:14 AM john_e
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* BackAlleyDoctor: Dr Downward, a shady doctor in ''Armadale''. In the last part of the book he appears under the alias 'Dr le Doux', running a very suspicious private sanatorium.
27th Oct '17 8:57:22 AM dlchen145
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William Wilkie Collins (1824 – 1889) was an English writer best known for his novels ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' and ''Literature/TheMoonstone'' (arguably the first detective novel in English literature).

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William Wilkie Collins (1824 (8 January 1824 23 September 1889) was an English writer best known for his novels ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' and ''Literature/TheMoonstone'' (arguably the first detective novel in English literature).
24th Sep '17 3:24:11 PM john_e
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* CutShort: ''The Fallen Leaves'' was intended to be the first part of a larger series. Thanks to poor sales, the series went no further.
8th Sep '17 8:01:10 AM john_e
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* WriterOnBoard: A complaint about his later books. As Swinburne put it:
-->What brought good Wilkie’s genius nigh perdition? \\
Some demon whispered –“Wilkie, have a mission!”
5th Sep '17 12:06:30 PM john_e
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* ''Literature/ManAndWife''



* AccidentalMarriage: In ''Man and Wife'', Geoffrey Delamyn and Anne Silvester accidentally get legally married in 19th century Scotland by each writing a note referring to the other as their spouse. At the same time, Geoffrey is trying to get rid of Anne by manipulating his friend Arnold into posing in public as her husband -- believing that this will cause Anne and Arnold to become married. One of Collins' reasons for writing the book was to encourage reform to Scottish marriage law.



* CharacterFilibuster: Sir Patrick in ''Man and Wife'' delivers a chapter-long argument against the era's obsession with physical fitness over moral fitness.



* IHaveThisFriend: Geoffrey in ''Man and Wife'' asks Sir Patrick for advice on Scottish marriage law, saying it's for a friend. In one sense it is -- the friend is Arnold, whose actions may have got him accidentally married to Anne. But he's also asking for personal reasons: if Anne is married to Arnold, that gets her out of Geoffrey's hair.
* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: In ''Man and Wife'', Mrs Glenarm is smitten with Geoffrey because in matters of athletic training, he's completely immune to her powers of persuasion.



* JerkJock: Geoffrey Delamayn, the villain of ''Man and Wife'' -- a man whom everybody admires for his physical fitness, overlooking his moral degeneracy. In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, he's told to expect bad news, and is horrified at the thought that his favourite horse may be unwell. The bad news is actually that his father is seriously ill, which he takes far more calmly.
* KickTheDog: In ''Man and Wife'', Geoffrey kicks his mother's pet dog hard enough to break its ribs, which illustrates his character splendidly.



* MayDecemberRomance: ''Man and Wife'' concludes with the marriage of [[spoiler:Anne Silvester]] and [[spoiler:Sir Patrick Lundie]], although [[spoiler:Sir Patrick]] is decades older.



* OneSteveLimit:
** The aversion is a big plot point in ''Armadale'', which features five different characters named Allan Armadale: the "original" Allan Armadale, uncle of the one, father of the other Allan Armadale of the older generation of Armadales, who disowned the son to make the nephew his heir, starting the feud.
** ''Man and Wife'' opens with two school friends, Anne and Blanche. In a series of rapid timeskips they marry, give birth to identically-named daughters, and die. The main plotline then follows the younger Anne and Blanche.

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OneSteveLimit: The aversion is a big plot point in ''Armadale'', which features five different characters named Allan Armadale: the "original" Allan Armadale, uncle of the one, father of the other Allan Armadale of the older generation of Armadales, who disowned the son to make the nephew his heir, starting the feud.
** ''Man and Wife'' opens with two school friends, Anne and Blanche. In a series of rapid timeskips they marry, give birth to identically-named daughters, and die. The main plotline then follows the younger Anne and Blanche.
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5th Sep '17 6:02:59 AM john_e
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* KickTheDog: In ''Man and Wife'', Geoffrey kicks his mother's pet dog hard enough to break its ribs, which illustrates his character splendidly.
5th Sep '17 5:59:33 AM john_e
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* ILoveYouBecauseICantControlYou: In ''Man and Wife'', Mrs Glenarm is smitten with Geoffrey because in matters of athletic training, he's completely immune to her powers of persuasion.
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