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A Fair Penitent

(1857)
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*This Book is annotated (it contains a detailed biography of the author).
*An active Table of Contents has been added by the publisher for a better customer experience.
*This book has been checked and corrected for spelling errors.

This story is written in the form of an editor presenting a manuscript by a former actress of the Paris stage in the early 18th century. This actress, a Mademoiselle Gautier, realizes that her life of pleasure and vice is headed for a bad end and so she decides to enter a convent. Her desire to completely repent takes her from the rather cozy quarters of one order to the more austere regimen of the Carmelites. An encounter with a Trappist monk leader makes the idea of flagellation sound like the perfect recipe.

There is no judging of Gautier from Collins, but he does castigate society through Gautier's own words, that when she was orphaned as a girl she reached out for help but received none from the Paris rich. From there, she went onto the stage and her own weaknesses of personality put her on a destructive path. She doesn't blame the acting profession as inherently immoral. Collins' moral is that social welfare or Christian charity could have saved this girl from an unhappy life and a rather drastic way to "repent."

 
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October 2015 : Paperback
Title: A fair penitent
Author(s): Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 1-5186-9334-2 / 978-1-5186-9334-2
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July 2015 : Paperback
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June 2015 : Paperback
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ISBN: 1-5146-1072-8 / 978-1-5146-1072-5
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July 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: A Fair Penitent
Author(s): Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 1-5005-7864-9 / 978-1-5005-7864-0 (USA edition)
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June 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: A Fair Penitent (Large Print)
Author(s): Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 1-4905-2548-3 / 978-1-4905-2548-8 (USA edition)
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January 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: A Fair Penitent
Author(s): Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 1-4820-3136-1 / 978-1-4820-3136-2 (USA edition)
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December 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: A Fair Penitent
Author(s): Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 1-4474-7062-1 / 978-1-4474-7062-5 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: A Fair Penitent
Author(s): Wilkie Collins
ISBN: 1-4800-0685-8 / 978-1-4800-0685-0 (USA edition)
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