Study Guide

The Woman in White Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 6

By Wilkie Collins

Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 6

  • Walter makes the journey to Limmeridge House and arrives in the afternoon.
  • He first meets a young lady with dark hair who looks pretty hot.
  • Walter thinks her face doesn't match her body though—ouch.
  • The woman is Marian Halcombe, one of the young ladies Walter is supposed to teach drawing.
  • Marian is wicked smart and quick-witted and proceeds to gives Walter a very entertaining account of life at Limmeridge House.
  • Walter has been hired by Frederick Fairlie, an invalid, to teach Marian and her half-sister Laura drawing.
  • Laura is Frederick's niece and has the same mother as Marian, her older sister. Both Marian and Laura have since lost their parents, and the two sisters live together at Limmeridge with only Mrs. Vesey, Laura's old governess, for company.
  • The two sisters are polar opposites. Laura is fair, feminine, and rich; Marian is dark, bold, and poor.
  • Walter decides he likes Marian a lot and the two become friends.
  • He also fills Marian in on his encounter with the woman in white, since the woman mentioned Limmeridge. Marian finds it all super-bizarre and decides to investigate the matter.