The Guilty River
The Guilty River

Year of publication: 2002
Keywords: England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century -- Fiction Families -- Fiction Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

The Guilty River

Wilkie Collins

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THE GUILTY RIVER by Wilkie Collins  CHAPTER I ON THE WAY TO THE RIVER FOR reasons of my own, I excused myself from accompanying my stepmother to a dinner-party given in our neighborhood. In my present humor, I preferred being alone—and, as a means of getting through my idle time, I was quite content to be occupied in catching insects. Provided with a brush and a mixture of rum and treacle, I went into Fordwitch Wood to set the snare, familiar to hunters of moths, which we call sugaring the trees. The summer evening was hot and still; the time was between dusk and dark. After ten years of absence in foreign parts, I perceived changes in the outskirts of the wood, which warned me not to enter it too confidently when I might find a difficulty in seeing my way. Remaining among the outermost trees, I painted the trunks with my treacherous mixture—which allured the insects of the night, and stupefied them when they settled on its rank surface. The...