By Wilkie Collins
A Rogue's existence is a picaresque novel that was once written through Wilkie Collins and released in 1879. The booklet facilities round the misadventures of Frank Softly, the son of a winning physician, who refuses to keep on with in his father's footsteps. Wilkie Collins used to be a famous English author within the nineteenth century. Collins was once an in depth buddy of Charles Dickens and his books have been frequently featured in Dickens' journals the entire yr around and loved ones phrases. Collins' books nonetheless take pleasure in broad acceptance, in particular secret and detective novels reminiscent of the lady in White, The Moonstone, and Armadale.
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I looked through the window, and saw her speak to a respectable elderly person behind the counter, who darted an indignant look at me, and at once led my charming stranger into a back office. For the moment, I was fool enough to feel puzzled; it was out of my character you will say--but remember, all men are fools when they first fall in love. After a little while I recovered the use of my senses. The shop was at the corner of a side street, leading to the market, since removed to make room for the railway.
But I have nobody to start me; no sitter to give me a first chance; nothing in my pocket but three-and-sixpence; and nothing in my mind but a doubt whether I shall struggle on a little longer, or end it immediately in the Thames. Don't let me detain you from your walk, my dear sir. " cried Mr. Batterbury; his mahogany face actually getting white with alarm. "Stop! Don't talk in that dreadfully unprincipled manner--don't, I implore, I insist! You have plenty of friends--you have me, and your sister.
You brute! " cried my amiable sister, shaking her skirts with all her might, "you have done this on purpose! Don't tell me! I know you have. " she continued, turning fiercely upon the partner of her existence and legitimate receptacle of all her superfluous wrath. "What do you mean by bringing me here, to see how you have been swindled? Yes, sir, swindled! He has no more idea of painting than you have. He has cheated you out of your money. If he was starving tomorrow he would be the last man in England to make away with himself--he is too great a wretch--he is too vicious--he is too lost to all sense of respectability--he is too much of a discredit to his family.