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The Beetle

Richard Marsh

1. 01 – Outside
2. 02 – Inside
3. 03 – The Man in the Bed
4. 04 – A Lonely Vigil
5. 05 – An Instruction to Commit Burglary
6. 06 – A Singular Felony
7. 07 – The Great Paul Lessingham
8. 08 – The Man in the Street
9. 09 – The Contents of the Packet
10. 10 – Rejected
11. 11 – A Midnight Episode
12. 12 – A Morning Visitor
13. 13 – The Picture
14. 14 – The Duchess’ Ball
15. 15 – Mr Lessingham Speaks
16. 16 – Atherton’s Magic Vapour
17. 17 – Magic?–Or Miracle?
18. 18 – The Apotheosis of the Beetle
19. 19 – The Lady Rages
20. 20 – A Heavy Father
21. 21 – The Terror in the Night
22. 22 – The Haunted Man
23. 23 – The Way He Told Her
24. 24 – A Woman’s View
25. 25 – The Man in the Street
26. 26 – A Father’s No
27. 27 – The Terror by Night
28. 28 – The Strange Story of the Man in the Street
29. 29 – The House on the Road from the Workhouse
30. 30 – The Singular Behaviour of Mr. Holt
31. 31 – The Terror by Day
32. 32 – A New Client
33. 33 – What Came From Looking Through a Lattice
34. 34 – After Twenty Years
35. 35 – A Bringer of Tidings
36. 36 – What the Tidings Were
37. 37 – What Was Hidden Under the Floor
38. 38 – The Rest of the Find
39. 39 – Miss Louisa Coleman
40. 40 – What Miss Coleman Saw Through the Window
41. 41 – The Constable,–His Clue,–And the Cab
42. 42 – The Quarry Doubles
43. 43 – The Murder at Mrs. ‘Enderson’s
44. 44 – The Man Who Was Murdered
45. 45 – All That Mrs. ‘Enderson Knew
46. 46 – The Sudden Stopping
47. 47 – The Contents of the Third-Class Carriage
48. 48 – The Conclusion of the Matter

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Summary

A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh’s novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker’s Dracula, George du Maurier’s Trilby, and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels. Like Dracula and many of the sensation novels pioneered by Wilkie Collins and others in the 1860s, The Beetle is narrated from the perspectives of multiple characters, a technique used in many late nineteenth-century novels (those of Wilkie Collins and Stoker, for example) to create suspenseRichard Marsh was the pseudonym of the British author born Richard Bernard Heldmann.

Reviews

Bernie

- The Beetle

A long book with several competent narrators who all read from a different character's viewpoint. A good story that ends a little abruptly in my opinion.