The Woman In White’s 150 Years of Sensation | Books | The Guardian

“One hundred and fifty years ago this week, Victorian readers opened Dickens’s weekly magazine All the Year Round to find the concluding instalment of A Tale of Two Cities, and, immediately following it, the opening instalment of a new novel with no author ascribed. They joined a new protagonist, “Walter Hartright, by name,” on a night-time walk over Hampstead Heath, winding on moonlit paths until they reached the intersection of the Hampstead, Finchley, West End, and London roads – somewhere in the area of where the Finchley Road tube station now stands. There they were stopped, every drop of blood in their bodies frozen still by “the touch of a hand laid lightly and suddenly” upon Walter’s shoulder. And there, for the first time, they met the mysterious Anne Catherick –better known as The Woman in White…

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