Wyllard’s Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Wyllard’s Weird
by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

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There are some travellers who think when they cross the Tamar, over that fairy bridge of Brunel’s, hung aloft between the blue of the river and the blue of the sky, that they have left England behind them on the eastern shore–that they have entered a new country, almost a new world. This land of quiet woods and lonely valleys, and bold brown hills, barren, solitary–these wild commons and large moorlands of Cornwall seem to stand apart, as they did in the days gone by, when this province was verily a kingdom, complete in itself, and owning no sovereignty but its own.

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At this point, said the report, the child again became hysterical, and had to be carried away. After this she had an attack of brain-fever, and could not again be interrogated formally.

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This book has taken over my life! Wyllard’s Weird is a 19th Century three-volume sensation novel which Cheryl found at the Internet Archives. Thanks, Cheryl! She also discovered that another meaning of weird refers to a person’s destiny. I am proofing reading it for Free Literature and it will be available at Project Gutenberg in numerous formats. This means I can’t just fly through the reading for fear of missing too many OCR errors. But it became very exciting and intriguing to me about halfway through the first volume and it is hard to keep making myself slow down.

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11 comments on “Wyllard’s Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  1. Wow, I loved the descriptions in the excerpt…I can completely visualize it! Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “DRIVING LESSONS”

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    • Dagny says:

      I was wondering about that first paragraph. Some people might think it’s a bit too “wordy.” Anyone that does, don’t worry – once the mystery gets going, there will be plenty of dialogue. I’ve read several books of Braddon’s books (but by no means all, she wrote a lot) and enjoyed each one I read.

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  2. Fred Runk says:

    Dagny,

    I have her _Lady Audley’s Secret_ gathering dust in my TBR bookcase. Maybe I should consider dusting it off?

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    • Dagny says:

      I think I am going to like this one more, Fred. Lady Audley’s Secret wasn’t my favorite. I think I liked The Doctor’s Wife and Aurora Floyd more. There’s also Henry Dunbar which I quite liked. But if you’ve read these or don’t have access to them, dust away.

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  3. Funny … I JUST got the Delphi Works of Mary Elizabeth Braddon on my tablet a few days ago! Not really sure why, either. Maybe you mentioned her on Twitter or something …

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  4. Fred Runk says:

    Dagny,

    The local library has only an ebook copy of The Trail of the Serpent, but there’s always InterLibraryLoan. Searches on there have been very successful in the past,so that’s always one way.

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  5. Literary Feline says:

    This sounds really good! I love the opening in particular–the writing and the narrative voice. I haven’t heard of this book before.

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    • Dagny says:

      Neither had I until I noticed at Goodreads that Cheryl was reading it. I was surprised that it wasn’t already at Project Gutenberg. That makes me think that old editions must be very rare these days.

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