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The Woman in White Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 8

By Wilkie Collins

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Part 1, Section 1, Chapter 8

  • Walter goes down for breakfast and meets Mrs. Vesey.
  • Mrs. Vesey is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and she seems somewhat narcoleptic (prone to falling asleep). She's sweet though.
  • After breakfast Marian takes Walter outside to meet Laura.
  • Walter instantly falls in love and spends the rest of this chapter waxing poetic about the beautiful Laura.
  • Think Romeo rambling on and on about Juliet and you get the gist of Walter's feelings for Laura.
  • Later that evening Marian pulls Walter aside and says she's gone through her mom's old letters for some clue about the woman in white's identity.
  • Marian reads Walter an old letter that Mrs. Fairlie wrote to her husband, Philip Fairlie (Laura's dad).
  • A Mrs. Catherick was in town tending to an ill relative and enrolled her daughter Anne at the local school, run by Mrs. Fairlie.
  • Anne is a bit slow but is very sweet and insists on wearing all white after Mrs. Fairlie tells her it looks nice on her.
  • Anne also bears a resemblance to Laura.
  • Marian and Walter decide the woman in white is most likely this mysterious Anne Catherick.

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