The New Magdalen

Author: Wilkie Collins

Fourth Extract.

"I have met with the man for my purpose—an old college friend of mine, now partner in a firm of ship-owners, largely concerned in emigration.

"One of their vessels sails for America, from the port of London, in a fortnight, touching at Plymouth. By a fortunate coincidence, Lady Janet’s ball takes place in a fortnight. I see my way.

"Helped by the kindness of my friend, I have arranged to have a cabin kept in reserve, on payment of a small deposit. If the ball ends (as I believe it will) in new mortifications for Mercy—do what they may, I defy them to mortify —I have only to say the word by telegraph, and we shall catch the ship at Plymouth.

"I know the effect it will have when I break the news to her, but I am prepared with my remedy. The pages of my diary, written in past years, will show plainly enough that it is not who is driving me away from England. She will see the longing in me for other work and other scenes expressing itself over and over again long before the time when we first met."


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Chicago: Wilkie Collins, "Fourth Extract.," The New Magdalen, trans. Evans, Sebastian in The New Magdalen Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022,

MLA: Collins, Wilkie. "Fourth Extract." The New Magdalen, translted by Evans, Sebastian, in The New Magdalen, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022.

Harvard: Collins, W, 'Fourth Extract.' in The New Magdalen, trans. . cited in , The New Magdalen. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from