The Woman in White was my first Wilkie. Your first of anything you love is always special, and The Woman in White is no exception in my book. I loved it then, and I am loving it even more now. Like most exciting books, WIW kept me on the edge of my seat the first time I read it. I had to know WHAT IS GOING ON and I had to know it RIGHT NOW. As I’m reading it this time, I am able to slow down, pay attention, and wonder about Mr. Collins and what he’s trying to say in addition to enjoying the mystery.
Because, you see, I think my Wilkie is saying a lot (or at least I choose to believe he is saying a lot) (this is a discussion in its own; is he saying a lot for society sake and for the sake of change or for sensationalism sake to sell more books?), about a lot of things and I find myself enjoying reading his musings. His thoughts on class; is Marian so unmarriageable because she is ‘man-ish” or because she is basically a pauper? Or because she doesn’t need a man. Why is it if you are smart, it makes you manly? Marian is my favorite and my best. Laura isn’t allowed to have feelings for Walter, because he is of a lower class than her, and is forced to marry Sir Percival because he is of her class (the SPOILER ALERT! I can’t say what I want to say about Sir P.). Is Sir P. a ***** because he is of the gentry? (I’m barely controlling myself here people.
Best move on.
Wilkie was a well known opponent of marriage. What is he saying about marriage in this book? Is it for the strong? The weak? The poor? The wealthy? Are they all just marrying for money? Or love? Which is better? Marry for love or money? Should you try to get both? Should we EVEN CARE? Oh Wilkie, my brain hurts. Is Laura’s only purpose in this book to be an attraction for the men, either with her looks and soft ways or for her money? Poor Marian.
I choose to feel Wilkie is saying all of this is ridiculous. Do what the heck you want. With whomever the heck you want to do it with. Just watch your pocketbook.
I can’t wait (because I can’t quite remember what happens in this next section) to see (remember) where Wilkie is going with poor Laura, Marian, and Anne. Well ALL NEED MORE ANNE. What is her deal!!! Seriously! And I want to see Sir Silly P Glyde get what’s coming to him. Oh. And more Fosco. Lots and lots more Fosco.