By Wilkie Collins
While the aged Allan Armadale makes a bad confession on his death-bed, he has little thought of the repercussions to return, for the key he finds includes the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gas the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of careworn identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, money—and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as "One of the main hardened girl villains whose units and needs have ever blackened fiction." She is still one of the such a lot enigmatic and interesting girls in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish middle of this so much sensational of Victorian "sensation novels."
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