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The Woman in White
As Walter Hartright walks along a moonlit London street he encounters a mysterious woman dressed in white and helps her on her way. Walter leaves London the following day to take a position as drawing teacher to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, who bears a striking resemblance to the woman in white. He discovers that Laura’s family know the woman, whose name is Anne, and that she had escaped from an asylum. As the story unfolds, Walter becomes embroiled in the intrigues of the Fairlie family, eventually uncovering a sinister plot to hide Anne’s true identity. Told from multiple viewpoints, Wilkie Collins’s novel is one of the earliest examples of detective fiction.