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Man and Wife

Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)

1. Prologue - The Irish Marriage - Part the First, part 1
2. Prologue - The Irish Marriage - Part the First, part 2
3. Prologue - The Irish Marriage - Part the Second
4. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the First
5. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Second
6. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Third
7. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Fourth
8. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Fifth
9. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Sixth
10. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Seventh
11. First Scene - The Summer House - Chapter the Eighth
12. Second Scene - The Inn - Chapter the Ninth
13. Second Scene - The Inn - Chapter the Tenth
14. Second Scene - The Inn - Chapter the Eleventh
15. Second Scene - The Inn - Chapter the Twelfth
16. Second Scene - The Inn - Chapter the Thirteenth
17. Third Scene - London - Chapter the Fourteenth
18. Third Scene - London - Chapter the Fifteenth
19. Third Scene - London - Chapter the Sixteenth
20. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Seventeenth
21. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Eighteenth
22. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Nineteenth
23. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twentieth
24. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-First, part 1
25. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-First, part 2
26. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Second
27. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Third
28. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Fourth
29. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Fifth
30. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Sixth
31. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Seventh
32. Fourth Scene - Windygates - Chapter the Twenty-Eigth
33. Fifth Scene - Glasgow - Chapter the Twenty-Ninth
34. Fifth Scene - Glasgow - Chapter the Thirtieth
35. Sixth Scene - Swanhaven Lodge - Chapter the Thirty-First, part 1
36. Sixth Scene - Swanhaven Lodge - Chapter the Thirty-First, part 2
37. Sixth Scene - Swanhaven Lodge - Chapter the Thirty-Second
38. Sixth Scene - Swanhaven Lodge - Chapter the Thirty-Third
39. Seventh Scene - Ham Farm - Chapter the Thirty-Fourth
40. Seventh Scene - Ham Farm - Chapter the Thirty-Fifth
41. Seventh Scene - Ham Farm - Chapter the Thirty-Sixth
42. Seventh Scene - Ham Farm - Chapter the Thirty-Seventh
43. Seventh Scene - Ham Farm - Chapter the Thirty-Eighth
44. Eighth Scene - The Pantry - Chapter the Thirty-Ninth
45. Ninth Scene - The Music-Room - Chapter the Fourtieth, part 1
46. Ninth Scene - The Music-Room - Chapter the Fortieth, part 2
47. Tenth Scene - The Bedroom - Chapter the Forty-First, part 1
48. Tenth Scene - The Bedroom - Chapter the Forty-First, part 2
49. Eleventh Scene - Sir Patrick's house - Chapter the Forty-Second
50. Eleventh Scene - Sir Patrick's house - Chapter the Forty-Third
51. Twelfth Scene - Drury Lane - Chapter the Forty-Fourth
52. Thirteenth Scene - Fulham - Chapter the Forty-Fifth
53. Fourteenth Scene - Portland Place - Chapter the Forty-Sixth, part 1
54. Fourteenth Scene - Portland Place - Chapter the Forty-Sixth, part 2
55. Fifteenth Scene - Holchester House - Chapter the Forty-Seventh
56. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Forty-Eighth
57. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Forty-Ninth
58. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fiftieth
59. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-First
60. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Second
61. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Third
62. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Fourth, part 1
63. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Fourth, part 2
64. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Fifth, part 1
65. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Fifth, part 2
66. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Sixth
67. Sixteenth Scene - Salt Patch - Chapter the Fifty-Seven
68. Epilogue

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Summary

This 1870 novel by Wilkie Collins centers around a peculiarity of Scottish law of that time, according to which any man and woman 'who were legally entitled to marry and who asserted that they were married before witnesses, or in writing, were regarded in Scotland as being married in law.' This strange law causes the characters Arnold and Geoffrey both possibly accidentally marrying Anne, though one is engaged to another woman and the other is searching for a more wealthy wife to accomodate his lifestyle. In these circumstances, Anne needs to catch an actual husband in order to save her reputation...