History Literature / TheWomanInWhite

11th Sep '16 12:14:31 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* StereotypeFlip: In the Victorian Era, fat characters were generally [[BigFun jolly]] [[FatComicRelief comic relief]] characters. Fosco, however, is the (admittedly [[AffablyEvil still jolly]]) main villain of the book.
11th Sep '16 12:09:47 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* FatBastard: Fosco, [[AffablyEvil though he's still a pretty jolly guy]].
5th Aug '16 9:16:00 PM LadyNorbert
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The book is often considered the first Victorian sensation novel. It has been adapted 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.

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The book is often considered the first Victorian sensation novel. It has been adapted 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.musical, and a much LighterAndSofter [[http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/6544/victorian-mysteries-woman-in-white/?pc PC game]]..



* GoldDigger: When the marriage settlement for Sir Percival's marriage to Laura is drawn up, his demands make it clear that he's after her money. Mr Fairlie nods it through anyway, over the strong objections of the family lawyer.

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* GoldDigger: When the marriage settlement for Sir Percival's marriage to Laura is drawn up, his demands make it clear that he's after her money. Mr Mr. Fairlie nods it through anyway, over the strong objections of the family lawyer.



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

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



* IllGirl: Anne, Marian and Laura all take their turns. In Anne's case it's a heart condition; Marian [[CatchYourDeathOfCold gets soaked in the rain]] and promptly goes down with typhoid fever; and Laura takes months to recover from what Fosco's machinations did to her.

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* IllGirl: Anne, Marian and Laura all take their turns. In Anne's case it's a heart condition; Marian [[CatchYourDeathOfCold gets soaked in the rain]] and promptly goes comes down with typhoid fever; and Laura takes months to recover from what Fosco's machinations did to her.



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

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



* VillainousBSOD: Fosco has one when 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 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.master plan.
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.
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