By Katharine Ashe
"From Katharine Ashe comes an unique, specific “Rogues of the Sea” sequence novella . . .
To the realm, woman Patricia Morgan is a formal lady.But in mystery, she yearns for a sizzling romance—a unmarried evening of ardour to make her think alive.For years in the past she had had that with a breathtakinggentleman she hasn't ever forgotten.They spent one excellent day jointly, yet hedisappeared ahead of she may possibly study his name.
Eight years in the past, Captain Nikolas Acton ranoff to affix the army so he may perhaps overlook the mysterious younger woman who, after promising him her heart,simply vanished. Now he has back to Englandas a struggle hero, and is staggered to return face to facewith the lady who nonetheless possesses his center . . .
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Even in such early novels as Pickwick Papers and Oliver Twist, Dickens had treated the law-courts satirically, but his picture of the law in Bleak House is almost without hope. The law is bad, Dickens says, because it has become an impersonal system which puts a higher value on orderly and consistent procedures, and on the perpetuation of self, than on the protection of human rights, which· are its real responsibility. 'The one great principle of English law is, to make business for itself', Dickens says in Chapter 39, and justice has become a mere by-product of the law.
Bucket sends them away, promising to call on them shortly, and advises Sir Leicester to buy their silence. He then introduces Hortense, Lady Dedlock's former maid, and exposes her as Tulkinghorn's killer. She had bitterly resented being discharged by Lady Dedlock and thought she had a claim on Tulkinghorn. When he refused further help, she shot him, but was seen by Mrs Bucket, when lodging at their house, writing the letters accusing Lady Dedlock of the crime. Sir Leicester is shattered by the news, for he has always loved his wife deeply.
Philanthropy, as practised by Mrs Jellyby and Mrs Pardiggle, is often foolishly ineffective. With Skimpole's art only amateurish trifling, and Chadband's religion only hypocritical preaching, Dickens's confidence in the major social forces for goodness is thus almost non-existent. Even the love and responsibility parents are normally expected to feel for their children are frequently lacking, and few parents come well out of Bleak House. Human beings do not live in isolation, completely separated from each other; as John Donne, the Jacobean poet and priest said, 'No man is an Iland, intire of itself; if a Clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the }esse', and he went on to say that 'any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde'.
A Lady's Wish (Rogues of the Sea, Book 1.5) by Katharine Ashe