History Literature / TheWomanInWhite

3rd Jul '16 12:20:15 AM PaulA
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* BastardAngst: [[spoiler:Sir Percival Glyde]] is revealed to be illegitimate. He knew about this, and went to great lengths to conceal it in order to preserve his title and estate.
22nd Nov '14 11:28:22 AM jamespolk
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* AffablyEvil: Count Fosco.

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* AffablyEvil: Count Fosco.Fosco, charming and courteous even when his plans involve kidnapping, MindRape, and murder. In the 1948 film he has Laura locked in an asylum and is driving her mad, but he still makes the help there be nice to her.



* BaitTheDog: EnigmaticMinion Count Fosco. Fosco is so friendly and charming that the heroines turn to him for help against the seemingly main villain, Sir Percival Glyde, who is a DastardlyWhiplash type. Turns out that Fosco is actually a master villain who is aiding Glyde. It's also shown that Fosco has cowed and abused his wife into becoming a StepfordSmiler and it has been argued by British critic John Sutherland that the discrepancies in time between [[spoiler:what Fosco says it took for Anne Catherick's death and what another character reports]] is meant to suggest that Fosco killed her after a prolonged period of [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] and rape.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Cheerful, pet-loving Count Fosco is the Victorian-era poster boy for this trope.



* DastardlyWhiplash: Sir Percival Glyde is this, involved in the standard financial scheming and wife imprisonment.



* NamesToTrustImmediately: Walter Hartright ("heart-right").



* SweetTooth: Fosco loves sweets.
* SwitchingPOV: Various first-person narrations, with a couple of extra bits such as "The Narrative of the Tombstone".



* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Two half-sisters (not Marian and Laura).

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* UncannyFamilyResemblance: Two half-sisters (not Marian and Laura). Exascerbated in the 1948 film in which they are not sisters but cousins.



* VillainousGlutton: Fosco.

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* VillainousGlutton: Fosco.The very evil and hugely fat Fosco. Appropriate casting with Sydney Greenstreet in the 1948 film.
22nd Nov '14 11:14:53 AM jamespolk
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* BabiesEverAfter: A common Victorian cliche, and perhaps more peculiar than most in this novel, as Laura has been the IllGirl for most of it.


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* BabiesEverAfter: This version does the novel one better by having both Marian and Laura with babies.
22nd Nov '14 10:32:21 AM jamespolk
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* SmokingIsEvil: Once Percival and Laura are married, he tries to get her to start smoking.
22nd Nov '14 10:31:21 AM jamespolk
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Collins is quite clear with his ButterFace description of Marian in the novel. Unsurprisingly, this is never done in adaptations. In the 1948 film she's played by Alexis Smith, in the 1997 TV adaptation by Tara Fitzgerald, in the musical by Ruthie Henshall--lovley women all.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Collins is quite clear with his ButterFace description of Marian in the novel. Unsurprisingly, this is never done in adaptations. In the 1948 film she's played by Alexis Smith, in the 1997 TV adaptation by Tara Fitzgerald, in the musical by Ruthie Henshall--lovley Henshall--lovely women all.
22nd Nov '14 10:30:27 AM jamespolk
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Walter Hartright, a young drawing master from VictorianLondon, gets a job teaching art to two young women, half-sisters Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie, at Limmeridge house in Cumberland. He soon is tangled in a web of dastardly deeds involving an ArrangedMarriage and a MysteriousWaif in the form of escaped mental patient Anne Catherick.

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Walter Hartright, a young drawing master from VictorianLondon, gets a job teaching art to two young women, half-sisters Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie, at Limmeridge house in Cumberland. While on the road to the house he encounters a mysterious woman in white. He soon is tangled in a web of dastardly deeds involving an ArrangedMarriage and a tries to help her, but she runs away. Upon arrival, he discovers that the MysteriousWaif in the form of is an escaped mental patient named Anne Catherick.
Catherick, and that Anne bears a striking resemblance to Laura Fairlie. Walter and Laura fall in love, but she has been promised in an ArrangedMarriage to local nobleman Sir Percival Glyde. However, nothing is as it seems, and a dark conspiracy is being hatched.
22nd Nov '14 10:26:33 AM jamespolk
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* OneParagraphChapter: "The Narrative of the Tombstone", which happens to be Laura's tombstone.
22nd Nov '14 10:23:46 AM jamespolk
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The book is often considered the first Victorian sensation novel, and has been adapted into a play, several films and an Creator/AndrewLloydWebber musical.

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The book is often considered the first Victorian sensation novel, and novel. It has been adapted into many times: a play, several films (at least five films just in the silent era, as well as a 1948 film from Creator/WarnerBros), two different BBC television adaptations, and an Creator/AndrewLloydWebber musical.



* CelebrityResemblance: Fosco looks like a taller and fatter NapoleonBonaparte (according to Marian, who's narrating at the time).
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Italian Professor]]: Pesca, who ends up [[spoiler: being responsible for Fosco's death]].

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* CelebrityResemblance: Fosco looks like a taller and fatter NapoleonBonaparte UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte (according to Marian, who's narrating at the time).
* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Italian Professor]]: Pesca, who ends up [[spoiler: being responsible for Fosco's death]].death.



* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: Laura replacing Anne in the Asylum toward the end of the book.]]

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* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: Laura replacing Anne in the Asylum toward the end of the book.]]



* FakeAristocrat: As it turns out, [[spoiler:Sir Percival]]'s claim to rank and title is based on a forged marriage certificate.

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* FakeAristocrat: As it turns out, [[spoiler:Sir Percival]]'s Sir Percival's claim to rank and title is based on a forged marriage certificate.



* GoneHorriblyRight: Sir Percival's attempt to destroy the incriminating evidence against him. [[spoiler:He sets light to it, and dies in the resulting fire.]]

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* GoneHorriblyRight: Sir Percival's attempt to destroy the incriminating evidence against him. [[spoiler:He He sets light to it, and dies in the resulting fire.]]



* IdenticalStranger: Anne and Laura, apparently ([[spoiler: Walter discovers that Anne was Laura's half-sister.]]).

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* IdenticalStranger: Anne and Laura, apparently ([[spoiler: Walter (Walter discovers that Anne was Laura's half-sister.]]).)



* TheOphelia: Anne and Laura. Though their mental health problems are described as rather troubling [[spoiler:but Mr Hartright takes great pleasure in taking care of Laura and making her better.]] Anne's weak and confused mind do not make her attractive at all.

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* TheOphelia: Anne and Laura. Though their mental health problems are described as rather troubling [[spoiler:but but Mr Hartright takes great pleasure in taking care of Laura and making her better.]] better. Anne's weak and confused mind do not make her attractive at all.



* VillainousBSOD: Fosco has one when [[spoiler:Anne dies before Laura has even set out for London.]] He gets over it, but is well aware of the weak spot it leaves in his masterplan.

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* VillainousBSOD: Fosco has one when [[spoiler:Anne Anne dies before Laura has even set out for London.]] London. He gets over it, but is well aware of the weak spot it leaves in his masterplan.



!!Tropes common to multiple adaptations:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Collins is quite clear with his ButterFace description of Marian in the novel. Unsurprisingly, this is never done in adaptations. In the 1948 film she's played by Alexis Smith, in the 1997 TV adaptation by Tara Fitzgerald, in the musical by Ruthie Henshall--lovley women all.

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!! Tropes found in the 1948 film:

* HitlerCam: Used for Fosco as he is explaining the conspiracy to Marian.
* INeverGotAnyLetters: Marian and Laura figure out that Percival intercepted the letters that Laura was sending her about how terrible Percival is.
* MindRape: Fosco is doing this to Laura in the asylum, convincing her that she is actually Anne.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything: Marian offers to give herself to Count Fosco and run away with him if he will confess and restore Laura to her life. He is in the process of taking her up on it when Walter and the cops arrive.
* {{Polyamory}}: Surprisingly, this is hinted at in the 1948 film even more strongly than it is in the Collins novel. In the film, Walter expresses his love for Marian after earlier expressing it for Laura, and in the end Marian has borne Walter a son, and the whole clan is living together as in the book. Notably, nothing in the movie indicates that Walter is out of love with Laura.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The character of Professor Pesca is eliminated, Sir Percival is killed accidentally by a {{Mook}}, and Count Fosco is killed by his wife the Countess, who turns out to be Anne Catherick's mother (making Laura and Anne cousins, not half-sisters as in the book). And the SexlessMarriage implication of the book is definitely averted, as Laura is pregnant with Percival's child.
* SmokingIsEvil: Once Percival and Laura are married, he tries to get her to start smoking.
* ThunderEqualsDownpour: Marian is standing on a window ledge eavesdropping on Fosco and Percival. One clap of thunder is followed by a drenching rain.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Marian. Good GOD, Marian. In the book, she's described as being ugly and masculine. In the musical, she was played by Ruthie Henshall, a very attractive actress. The tradeoff, however, is that she's ''still'' considered undesirable, except this time it's due to being a ChristmasCake in her late thirties rather than young and ugly.
29th Sep '14 3:06:25 PM john_e
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* GreyEyes: Count Fosco has the cold, steely sort.
22nd Sep '14 12:15:06 PM john_e
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* CelebrityResemblance: Fosco looks like a taller and fatter NapoleonBonaparte.

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* CelebrityResemblance: Fosco looks like a taller and fatter NapoleonBonaparte.NapoleonBonaparte (according to Marian, who's narrating at the time).
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