This book is a member of the special collection Special Collection: The Works of E. Phillips Oppenheim (1866-1946)
|Title:||The Way of These Women|
|Publisher:||Methuen & Co. Ltd.|
|Tags:||England, fiction, romance|
The Way of These Women starts off as a fairly formulaic Edwardian melodrama, but takes an unusual turn near the end. Sir Jermyn Annerley's lady-love has a secret; Lord Lakenham finds out the secret and attempts to blackmail her; she shoots Lord Lakenham; the only witness is presumed to be the Duchesse de Sayers, who is in love with Annerley herself and proceeds to barter her silence for his hand in marriage. Naturally her deception - she didn't in fact witness the murder, which was committed by a minor character - is revealed right after she and Annerley are married. The logical solution would be a separation, an annulment, or, most appropriately for the period, the just death of the Duchesse by either accident or suicide as a form of atonement for her sins. Instead, after a period of coldness to his new bride, Annerley is ordered by his physician to treat her as his wife in fact as well as name and to give up his true love, on the grounds that his marriage is irrevocable--Tim Parise. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Oppenheim, E. Phillips
E. Phillips Oppenheim, in full Edward Phillips Oppenheim (born Oct. 22, 1866, London, Eng.—died Feb. 3, 1946, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, U.K.), internationally popular British author of novels and short stories dealing with international espionage and intrigue.
After leaving school at age 17 to help in his father's leather business, Oppenheim wrote in his spare time. His first novel, Expiation (1887), and subsequent thrillers caught the fancy of a wealthy New York businessman who bought out the leather business at the turn of the century and made Oppenheim a high-salaried director. He was thus freed to devote the major part of his time to writing. The novels, volumes of short stories, and plays that followed, totaling more than 150, were peopled with sophisticated heroes, adventurous spies, and dashing noblemen. Among his well-known works are The Long Arm of Mannister (1910), The Moving Finger (1911), and The Great Impersonation (1920).--Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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