Study Guide

The Woman in White Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 4

By Wilkie Collins

Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 4

  • Later that night Walter walks home from his mom's house.
  • A strange woman dressed all in white suddenly appears and asks Walter the way to London.
  • Walter is freaked out by her sudden appearance.
  • The woman acts really weird, too.
  • No one else is around, so Walter reluctantly escorts the weird lady the few miles to London.
  • The woman rambles on about stuff that makes little to no sense.
  • She makes some references to a mysterious baronet she's afraid of, and to Limmeridge. Weird coincidence. (Except not, because Collins went to the Dickens school of novel writing, where coincidences are actually the norm.)
  • Walter finally gets the lady to a carriage and she takes off.
  • A few minutes later, some guys rush up and waylay a cop.
  • They tell him a crazy lady dressed in white has just escaped from an asylum.
  • Whoops.