Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens: No Thoroughfare

Отправлено 17 сент. 2013 г., 13:02 пользователем Sven Karsten   [ обновлено 17 сент. 2013 г., 13:03 ]

A story in All the Year Round on which Dick­ens and Collins col­lab­o­rat­ed is strik­ing­ly sim­i­lar to The Mys­tery of Edwin Drood. In "No Thor­ough­fare' (18, Christ­mas Num­ber, 1-48), Oben­reiz­er be­lieves that he has mur­dered George Ven­dale, al­though in fact Ven­dale is only wound­ed. Bin­trey dis­cov­ers this and finds an op­por­tu­ni­ty to have Ven­dale stand "be­fore the mur­der­er, a man risen from the dead'. Oben­reiz­er had used opium 'to try' his vic­tim, in much the same way that Jasper drugs Dur­dles. There are other sim­i­lar­i­ties. A 'cer­tain name­less film' would come over Oben­reiz­er's eyes just as 'a strange film' comes over the eyes of Jasper. Joey Ladle, the cel­lar­man who com­plains of the un­nat­u­ral­ness of work­ing un­der­ground, is a char­ac­ter in the same tra­di­tion as Dur­dles. And Oben­reiz­er's mo­tive for mur­der is jeal­ousy of Ven­dale's win­ning the heart of his niece, Mar­guerite. Like Rosa, Mar­guerite flees to the pro­tec­tion of a trust­ed fam­i­ly lawyer, Bin­trey.

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