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Mr. Cosway and the Landlady Wilkie Collins

Mr. Cosway and the Landlady

Wilkie Collins

Published January 13th 2013
ISBN : 9781481976237
Paperback
30 pages
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THE guests would have enjoyed their visit to Sir Peters country house-but for Mr. Cosway. And to make matters worse, it was not Mr. Cosway but the guests who were to blame. They repeated the old story of Adam and Eve, on a larger scale. The womenMoreTHE guests would have enjoyed their visit to Sir Peters country house-but for Mr. Cosway. And to make matters worse, it was not Mr. Cosway but the guests who were to blame. They repeated the old story of Adam and Eve, on a larger scale. The women were the first sinners- and the men were demoralized by the women. Mr. Cosways bitterest enemy could not have denied that he was a handsome, well-bred, unassuming man. No mystery of any sort attached to him. He had adopted the Navy as a profession-had grown weary of it after a few years service-and now lived on the moderate income left to him, after the death of his parents. Out of this unpromising material the lively imaginations of the women built up a romance. The men only noticed that Mr. Cosway was rather silent and thoughtful- that he was not ready with his laugh- and that he had a fancy for taking long walks by himself. Harmless peculiarities, surely? And yet, they excited the curiosity of the women as signs of a mystery in Mr. Cosways past life, in which some beloved object unknown must have played a chief part.