Mary Elizabeth Braddon

  • Phoebe Marks was a person who never lost her individuality. Silent and self-contained, she seemed to hold herself within herself, and take no colour from the outer world

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • You seem to have quite a taste for discussing these horrible subjects," she said, rather scornfully; "you ought to have been a detective police officer.""I sometimes think I should have been a good one.""Why?""Because I am patient

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • He was a student - such things as happened to him, happen sometimes to students.He was a German - such things as happened to him, happen sometimes to Germans.He was young, handsome, studious, enthusiastic, metaphysical, reckless, unbelieving, heartless.And being young, handsome, and eloquent he was beloved. ("The Cold Embrace")

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • It is taken as a strong proof of a man's innocence that he should look you full in the face with a steadfast gaze when you look at him with suspicion plainly visible in your eyes; but would he not be the poorest villain if he shirked that encounter of glances when he knows full surely that he is in that moment put to the test? It is rather innocence whose eyelids drop when you peer too closely into its eyes, for innocence is appalled by the stern, accusing glances which it is unprepared to meet. Guilt stares you boldly in the face, for guilt is hardened and defiant, and has this one grand superiority over innocence-- that it is prepared for the worst

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • when the horror of his grief was new to him, and every object in life, however trifling or however important, seem saturated with his one great sorrow

    Mary Elizabeth Braddon
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