Year of publication: 2005
Keywords: Courtship -- Fiction England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Guardian and ward -- Fiction Medical ethics -- Fiction Vivisection -- Fiction
Heart and Science: A Story of the Present Time
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HEART AND SCIENCE A Story of the Present Time By Wilkie Collins TO SARONY (OF NEW YORK) ARTIST; PHOTOGRAPHER, AND GOOD FRIEND I. PREFACE TO READERS IN GENERAL You are the children of Old Mother England, on both sides of the Atlantic; you form the majority of buyers and borrowers of novels; and you judge of works of fiction by certain inbred preferences, which but slightly influence the other great public of readers on the continent of Europe. The two qualities in fiction which hold the highest rank in your estimation are: Character and Humour. Incident and dramatic situation only occupy the second place in your favour. A novel that tells no story, or that blunders perpetually in trying to tell a story—a novel so entirely devoid of all sense of the dramatic side of human life, that not even a theatrical thief can find anything in it to steal—will nevertheless be a work that wins (and keeps) your admiration, if it has Humour which dwells on...