A Rogue's Life by Wilkie Collins

By Wilkie Collins

A Rogue's lifestyles is a picaresque novel that used to be written through Wilkie Collins and released in 1879. The ebook facilities round the misadventures of Frank Softly, the son of a profitable physician, who refuses to persist with in his father's footsteps. Wilkie Collins used to be a well known English author within the nineteenth century. Collins used to be a detailed good friend of Charles Dickens and his books have been frequently featured in Dickens' journals all of the yr around and family phrases. Collins' books nonetheless get pleasure from huge reputation, specifically secret and detective novels resembling the girl in White, The Moonstone, and Armadale.

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They wanted interesting subjects; variety, resemblance to nature; genuineness of the article, and fresh paint; they had no ancestors whose feelings, as founders of galleries, it was necessary to consult; no critical gentlemen and writers of valuable works to snub them when they were in spirits; nothing to lead them by the nose but their own shrewdness, their own interests, and their own tastes--so they turned their backs valiantly on the Old Masters, and marched off in a body to the living men.

Go into the front show-room, and look at the pictures, while I speak to Mr. Pickup," said Dick, familiarly throwing open a door, and pushing me into a kind of gallery beyond. I found myself quite alone, surrounded by modern-antique pictures of all schools and sizes, of all degrees of dirt and dullness, with all the names of all the famous Old Masters, from Titian to Teniers, inscribed on their frames. A "pearly little gem," by Claude, with a ticket marked "Sold" stuck into the frame, particularly attracted my attention.

Venerable woman! She put fifty pounds into my pocket. I shall think of her with gratitude and respect to the end of my days. One morning, while I was sitting before my completed portrait, inwardly shuddering over the ugliness of it, a suffocating smell of musk was wafted into the studio; it was followed by a sound of rustling garments; and that again was succeeded by the personal appearance of my affectionate sister, with her husband at her heels. Annabella had got to the end of her stock of apologies, and had come to see me.

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