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By Wilkie Collins

A Rogue's existence is a picaresque novel that used to be written by way of Wilkie Collins and released in 1879. The ebook facilities round the misadventures of Frank Softly, the son of a profitable medical professional, who refuses to keep on with in his father's footsteps. Wilkie Collins was once a favorite English author within the nineteenth century. Collins was once a detailed pal of Charles Dickens and his books have been usually featured in Dickens' journals the entire 12 months around and loved ones phrases. Collins' books nonetheless get pleasure from vast reputation, specifically secret and detective novels reminiscent of the girl in White, The Moonstone, and Armadale.

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In the first place, my hand would relapse into its wicked old caricaturing habits. In the second place, my brother-in-law's face was so inveterately and completely ugly as to set every artifice of pictorial improvement at flat defiance. When a man has a nose an inch long, with the nostrils set perpendicularly, it is impossible to flatter it--you must either change it into a fancy nose, or resignedly acquiesce in it. When a man has no perceptible eyelids, and when his eyes globularly project so far out of his head, that you expect to have to pick them up for him whenever you see him lean forward, how are mortal fingers and bushes to diffuse the right complimentary expression over them?

I have never seen this great man since he compounded with his creditors and got out of prison; but my feelings toward him are still those of profound gratitude and respect. He gave me the only useful teaching I ever had; and if this should meet the eye of Gentleman Jones I hereby thank him for beginning and ending my education in two evenings, without costing me or my family a single farthing. CHAPTER III. To return to my business affairs. When I was comfortably settled in the prison, and knew exactly what I owed, I thought it my duty to my father to give him the first chance of getting me out.

Softly was lost to the profession of Quadrilles! It ended in my resigning myself to the misfortune of being a doctor. If I was a very good boy and took pains, and carefully mixed in the best society, I might hope in the course of years to succeed to my father's brougham, fashionably-situated house, and clumsy and expensive footman. There was a prospect for a lad of spirit, with the blood of the early Malkinshaws (who were Rogues of great capacity and distinction in the feudal times) coursing adventurous through every vein!

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