The Black Robe
The Black Robe

Year of publication: 2006
Keywords: Chastity Dueling -- Fiction England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Murder -- Fiction Priesthood -- Fiction Vow of -- Fiction

The Black Robe

Wilkie Collins

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THE BLACK ROBE by Wilkie Collins  BEFORE THE STORY.   FIRST SCENE BOULOGNE-SUR-MER.—THE DUEL.  I. THE doctors could do no more for the Dowager Lady Berrick. When the medical advisers of a lady who has reached seventy years of age recommend the mild climate of the South of France, they mean in plain language that they have arrived at the end of their resources. Her ladyship gave the mild climate a fair trial, and then decided (as she herself expressed it) to “die at home.” Traveling slowly, she had reached Paris at the date when I last heard of her. It was then the beginning of November. A week later, I met with her nephew, Lewis Romayne, at the club. “What brings you to London at this time of year?” I asked. “The fatality that pursues me,” he answered grimly. “I am one of the unluckiest men living.” He was thirty years old; he was not married; he was the enviable possessor of the fine...