|Plot Summary of The Woman in White|
London artist Walter Hartright is sent to Cumberland to teach drawing to two half-sisters. He falls instantly in love with Laura Fairlie, the younger of the two, who is betrothed to a man of noble blood. When it becomes obvious that the fair and delicate Laura's new husband has dastardly intentions, Walter and the older, spinster sister, Marian, are set off on a thrilling chase to rescue Laura and solve the riddle of the woman in white.
This synopsis report prepared by Jennifer Martin-Romme
The Woman in White is one of earliest mystery novels, and possibly the first legal mystery novel ever written. Walter Hartright, drawing master, goes to the country to teach two women to draw - and falls in love, most inappropriately, with one of them, Laura. Laura is engaged to be married to the sinister Percival Glyde, but Glyde and his friend Fosco have a plan to divest her of her money and her sanity. A wonderful book that crosses the line between genre fiction and literature.
This synopsis report prepared by Ivy
|Chapter Analysis of The Woman in White|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 15%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
General Crime (including known murderer)
Who's the criminal enemy here?
- catching con-artist
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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