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Lady Audley's Secret ➶ Lady Audley's Secret Download ✤ Author Mary Elizabeth Braddon – Sir Michael Audley da anni vedovo sposa l'incantevole e giovane Miss Lucy Graham istitutrice dal povero passato i cui capricci scatenano la gelosia della piccola Alicia figlia di primo letto Un giorno Sir Michael Audley da anni vedovo sposa l'incantevole e giovane Miss Lucy Graham istitutrice dal povero passato i cui capricci scatenano la gelosia della piccola Alicia figlia di primo letto Un giorno però Robert Audley lo sfaccendato nipote conduce con sé in visita George Talboys un caro amico prostrato da una recente vedovanza O così sembra Geroge infatti scomparirà misteriosamente e sarà l'amico Robert le cui doti di tenacia e intelligenza sono Lady Audley's MOBI :º state finora celate da un carattere indolente a intraprendere un'indagine dai risvolti inattesi che condurrà allo scioccante e imprevedibile colpo di scena finale Romanzo di impianto vittoriano dall'intreccio coinvolgente e dallo stile impeccabile Il segreto di Lady Audley riscosse alla sua pubblicazione uno straordinario successo di pubblico e provocò un acceso dibattito sulla figura della sua protagonista che dietro l'aspetto angelico e fragile nasconde una tempra volitiva una passionalità e una determinazione che sconcertarono i suoi contemporanei e che ancora oggi ci avvincono.

10 thoughts on “Lady Audley's Secret

  1. mark monday mark monday says:

    whatever could be Lady Audley's secret? could it be murder? miscegenation? malfeasance? misdirected malevolence ending in tears tragedy and general tawdriness? an assumed identity? flatulence? that not so fresh feeling? bigamy? bigotry? child abuse? child abandonment? une affaire de coeur? une affaire de blanchiment d'argent? well all or some of those things may or may not be a part of this novel but they are not the secret in uestion Lady Audley's terrible terrible secret is view spoilerha did you actually think i was going to tell you? think again sucker hide spoiler

  2. Candi Candi says:

    What do we know of the mysteries that may hang about the houses we enter?I was both intrigued and hesitant to read this mid nineteenth century work First of all I just had to know this huge secret that Lady Audley would presumably be keeping from us Secondly this is labeled as a sensation novel which to me goes hand in hand with that dreaded term melodrama I don’t necessarily mind a bit of verbosity here and there in my classic fiction in fact I somewhat expect it However melodrama is an element I prefer to steer clear of I must say I was pleasantly surprised The taste of melodrama did not turn me off completely Rather it only forced me to shave a star from my rating Otherwise I uite enjoyed thisI won’t really get into the plot as it would be too revealing The author gives away a bit too much up front However there is much to discover farther along so don’t set it aside too uickly should you choose to pick this one up someday I relished the gothic atmosphere and the freuent foreshadowing Audley Court home to Sir Michael Audley and his much younger second wife Lady Audley is an idyllic sort of home but with an aura of mystery about it much like its inhabitants A noble place; inside as well as out a noble place—a house in which you incontinently lost yourself if ever you were so rash as to attempt to penetrate its mysteries aloneThe characters too are sharply sketched Robert Audley barrister and nephew to Sir Michael is depicted as an idle fellow One of those types that we would now call ‘book smart’ but lacking in the area of common sense perhaps Educated yet aimless However when a person dear to his heart turns up missing the spark is lit and he is jolted into action He becomes a man obsessed The one idea of his life had become his master He was the bonden slave of one gloomy thought—one horrible presentimentHis wits are pitted against those of Lady Audley a woman who may not be the childlike helpless young lady she appears to be The proud yet neglected stepdaughter Alicia Audley may be on to my lady but isn’t she just being a tad bit jealous of all the attention daddy now gives to the new woman in his life? Maybe not; after all the instincts of animals usually prove to be correct don’t they? She may bewitch every man in Essex but she’d never make friends with my dogI have to admit I became rather intrigued as the plot moved along towards the second half of the novel It was uite thrilling in fact I may have guessed a bit here and there but I didn’t uite figure out as much as I expected I would The end may have been a bit too neat and tidy; the author even admits this to her audience at the end I’ll gladly accept her apology as this was a fun romp despite the pat ending Foul deeds have been done under the most hospitable roofs; terrible crimes have been committed amid the fairest scenes and have left no trace upon the spot where they were done

  3. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    After around fifty pages or so of reading this I was incredibly disappointed I’d found out what Lady Audley’s secret was I didn’t really want to read any further But that’s what I was meant to think Her actual secret isn’t revealed to the very end And I must say I was rather surprised I didn't see it coming It was uite a shocking discovery I’d spent the rest of the novel is a state of absolute certainty regarding the secret I thought it was uite a crap secret to be honest Well not entirely crap but revealed too early within the narrative It disrupted the narrative drive I felt like I had nothing new to discover But again that’s because it wasn’t the real secret It was a red herring meant to throw the reader off The result of this was a pleasant surprise towards the end though it also meant that the first third of the novel were incredibly slow whereas the last parts were intense and utterly gripping Overall it was a fairly enjoyable book but I could not get over my lack of engagement with it in the beginning Its purposeful obviousness made me want to stop reading but it did make up for it in the end My intellect is a little way upon the wrong side of that narrow boundary line between sanity and insanity This is a sensational novel so it was written with two purposes The first was to shock its readership and the second was to make money It has the obvious shock factor The fact of what Lady Audley has done is incredibly shocking and her true secret is even surprising To a Victorian audience this would have been scandalous But I don’t feel that there’s much beyond that Yes the plot had its moments but literature like this needs than an exciting plot When I read a book like this I want to have emotions beyond a simple shocking; I want to see and feel the characters But I just couldn’t There was an element of emotional depth missing in this I did like the detective aspects They became uite thrilling The exploration of the meaning of sanity was the most memorable thing of the novel It follows the idea that it can be internalised and self created In the circumstance this was uite horrendous but it was also an appropriate reaction The Victorians didn’t understand what could and what could not be inherited from our parents; thus this character has practically devised their own fate through their pitiful ignorance The stand offs between Robert Audley and Lady Audley were very tense I was expecting to see something explosive happen after them “You seem to have uite a taste for discussing these horrible subjects she said rather scornfully; you ought to have been a detective police officerI sometimes think I should have been a good oneWhy?Because I am patient” Well he has good reason to beI'm saying no There was also the separate issue that my university insisted that we read it in periodical segments We were to read a few chapters each week I found this uite difficult I read a lot of different books So to have a massive break like that between chapters meant that I’d actually forgotten most of what happened the week before I had to rely on plot summaries to remind myself of what actually had happened in the book I seriously recommend avoiding this Whilst it may be uaint to read it in the same manner of the Victorians I know for a fact that it hindered my appreciation of the novel I’ve tried to be deliberately cryptic in my review This book relies on its shock factor and I didn’t want to give anything away with a plot summary; it would spoil it This was a thrilling read the detective elements and the shock factors made it uite exciting but I think this was mainly the case in the second volume The third volume was very tense; however the first volume felt very very flat I did enjoy this but I have no interest in reading anything else by this author

  4. Carol She& Carol She& says:

    This was recommended to me as a cross between Austen Heyer but other than the abundance of grey eyes Heyer this book didn't remind me of either author like Conan Doyle or PoeFortunately I love Conan Doyle PoeFast paced at the start the book slowed down about three uarters of the way through with a lot of exposition and a lot of melodramatic angst for modern tastes view spoiler The Hero telling The Villainess his plan of action not just once was inexplicable hide spoiler

  5. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    Lady Audley's Secret is a Victorian sensational My love for sensational novels began with The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins I read that Lady Audley's Secret is regarded as a rival to The Woman in White and it made me want to read the book Told by an unknown narrator the story is focused on a secret of a woman named Lady Audley and the ultimate revelation of what that secret is When I reflect on the story after reading it strikes as pretty simple and straight forward But the beauty lies in the twists and turns Ms Braddon so carefully employ to keep the reader guessing on the big secret of Lady Audley She lays down clues and throws hints here and there without giving way too much and keeping the secret well guarded until the time is right for a confession by Lady Audley I found the writing of Ms Braddon remarkable There is so much beauty in her metaphoric prose The subtle descriptions of a setting a character or anything in general is so colourful that you are instantly transported to the time and setting of the story Though her writing is a little verbose at times this was balanced with the use of simple dialogues The usage of such techniues made the read both interesting and uick The set of characters used is uniue and intriguing The main male character Robert Audley is a young barrister He is lazy and purposeless; but by fate the discovery of Lady Audley's secret is forced on him The story is both this discovery and Robert's struggle to gather clues and evidence towards this discovery at the risk of his own life I truly enjoyed reading how Robert's character was developed throughout the story From an idling and purposeless life he was slowly but steadily uplifted to a responsible and intellectually mature one Throughout his journey to unveil the secret he becomes determined and courageous and he finally understands his duties and responsibilities to his loved ones and the society at large I was very much impressed with his character development While Robert Audley represented the detective judge and the jury and the executioner the culprit was Lady Audley a wicked and treacherous woman who uses her beauty to appease her mercenary intentions Lady Audley is undoubtedly the most dangerous female villain I have come across She is resourceful and has a surpassing strength of mind and she can only be compared to a demon in the guise of an angel The battle between these two main characters that were on opposite ends was truly intriguing Throughout the read I was in the middle of a waging war waiting impatiently for the truth and justice to triumph All the other characters were well placed and developed in the course of the story They provided a well structured backdrop for the story Having read both The Woman in White and Lady Audley's Secret I now understand why it is said that they rival each other While The Woman in White touches on the male villainy against innocent and unprotected females in Lady Audley's Secret the gender role is switched; here we find female villainy against the males It is said that Ms Braddon had admired The Woman in White but was not happy with Collin's heroine And as The Woman in White served as an inspiration for Ms Braddon to pen Lady Audley's Secret it is uite natural that Ms Braddon purposefully used a character who has an incredible strength of mind and who is resourceful as the female lead though she represented evil Overall it was a great sensational story and a great reading experience I loved every minute of reading it To those who have an appetite for sensational stories I highly recommend Lady Audley's Secret

  6. Alex Alex says:

    Top Ten Secrets of Lady Audley10 is a dude9 is husband's mom8 killed somebody7 used to be hooker6 is screwing the gardener5 escaped from mental hospital4 baby is not husband's baby3 is slowly poisoning husband2 is dead; husband just having creepy imaginary conversations with ghost 1 Sortof likes ColdplayThe mid 1800s saw the rise of the sensation novel which brought the spooky atmosphere of the Gothic into normal peoples' homes Now the spouse or other family member was the danger Anthony Trollope suggested that they should be at the same time realistic and sensationaland both in the highest degree The most famous example is The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins; the other two pioneers are East Lynne by Ellen Wood and this book right here The genre was immediately successful and remains so today if you liked Gone Girl here is its grandmotherAnd sensational it is chock full of intrigue and reversals and madness Victorian madness with its gleeful disregard for the DSM Foreshadowing oozes out its sides like an overstuffed sandwich Braddon addresses us directly chatty sarcastic sometimes catty often with what feels a little like misogyny We're repeatedly reminded of the horrible things that have been done by women since that day upon which eve was created and the feminine prevarication the womanly trickery ladies are capable of Hints of sympathy emerge Lady Audley she of the secret knows what Every school girl learns sooner or later I learned that my ultimate fate in life depended upon my marriage She has no way to better her situation except by marriage and so she's forced to pursue it by any means necessary But Braddon is no feministThe characters are terrific Phlegmatic Robert Audley drifts his way through the mystery sighing about all the effort He will learn seriousness but not without trial he'll be forced to smoke innumerable shitty cigars Bratty Alice Audley not Lady her stepdaughter Such a nice girl too if she didn't bounce runs away with every scene she's in Lady Audley herself is a mighty femme fatale Braddon has a knack for great characters there are memorable ones in her early detective novel Blood of the Serpent too She shows an affinity for detective stories in both booksBraddon was very popular in her time but she's faded now You wonder why right? This is a fun book engaging and well designed It lacks something an authority a certainty maybe? And it's not like there's a ton of doubt about how the mystery's going to be resolved I can't make a super forceful case for re elevating her She's good not great for me But I had a good time reading this book

  7. Sean Sean says:

    This is a sadly forgotten but great 19th century sensation novel that rivals some of Wilkie Collins' best books such as The Woman in White and the Moonstone Its also one of the first to feature a female villain which wasn't typical of early literature Nevertheless this dynamic creates an interesting character study which discusses female motives and what they are capable of despite their beauty and grace This is a great book and it definitely needs to move closer to the top on your to read list

  8. Sara Sara says:

    Loved thisgreat fun 45 stars rounded down As I read Lady Audley's Secret I kept thinking of Poe Conan Doyle and Anne Bronte A nice combination if I must say so myself Braddon has created an interesting story line and a creepy environment in which to plunk down her motley set of characters I loved the conflicting ideas that are present within Lady Audley herself and especially enjoyed the myriad ways she is viewed by the other characters in the story Her secret did surprise me and I confess I thought it would not Braddon does a wonderful job of creating atmosphere and her descriptive passages are delightful and vivid She plants red herrings and takes the mind into many dead end suppositions She made me laugh a little but at the same time cringe In the end I loved both her story and the way it was delivered While many things progressed in the novel exactly as I assumed they would there were a few moments of complete surprise and that is always nice in this genre I will not hesitate to read of Braddon's work when I can fit it into my schedule

  9. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    Logically this is not a book that should appeal to me What makes Lady Audley's Secret the special book that it is? Why do I like it as much as I do? The book belongs to the genre of Gothic fiction Here follows a definition “Gothic fiction refers to a style of writing that is characterized by elements of fear horror death and gloom as well as romantic elements such as nature individuality and very high emotion”This fits the book to a TWhen I rate the book I view it as one of its genre As such I deem it wrong to use other criteria when I judge it The writing style is sentimental sensational wordy and over the top but this fits the feel of the tale It is what it is and what it does it does well It exudes atmosphere It is not supposed to read as a presentation of clear logical unbiased fact The ending is too rosy to be true but it fits here I say if one writes a book of Gothic fiction lay it on thick don’t do it halfwayTaste the writing style hereA glorious old place–a place that visitors fell into raptures with; finding a yearning wish to have done with life and stay there forever staring into the cool fish ponds and counting the bubbles as the roach and carp rose to the surface of the water–a spot in which peace seemed to have taken up her abode setting her soothing hand on every tree and flower; on the still ponds and uiet alleysIt is in this lovely idyllic setting that horrible crimes will take place The contrast increases tension Readers are shown that appearances are deceptive“He forgot that love which is a madness and a scourge and a fever and a delusion and a snare is also a mystery and very imperfectly understood by everyone except the individual sufferer who writhes under its tortures”With these lines I hope you sense the tone of the writingThe plot of the story there being murder and fires bigamy child abandonment and insanity places the story into the genre of sensation novels too Sensation fiction was a popular literary genre in Britain in the 1860s which is when it first came out in serial format The two genres overlap Thirdly the author adds an element of psychological intrigue—in relation to both characters and themes Themes are hinted at rather than being actually pinned down For example feminism and homosexuality are alluded to“It is because women are never lazy They don't know what it is to be uiet They are Semiramides and Cleopatras and Joans of Arc ueen Elizabeths and Catharines the Second and they riot in battle and murder and clamor in desperation”In reference to homosexuality one is kept wondering about the relationship between the barrister Robert Audley and his Eton school friend George Talboys Relationships are not explicitly clarified; readers are kept thinking We are left to analyze the hints given For example Robert ends up view spoilermarrying Clara Talboys who is George’s sister and who coincidentally has an appearance similar to her brother’s hide spoiler

  10. Olive Fellows (abookolive) Olive Fellows (abookolive) says:

    Just like with Agnes Grey this is one I'd recommend for those looking to get into classics An approachable sensationalist Victorian novel this book does raise some interesting uestions about the lengths to which we will go to escape poverty It has intriguing characters and will provide good set up for other classics with a mystery angle I have Wilkie Collins in mind here But as someone with some experience reading Victorian literature this one failed to intrigue as much as I had hoped

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