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By Wilkie Collins

A Rogue's existence is a picaresque novel that was once written through Wilkie Collins and released in 1879. The publication facilities round the misadventures of Frank Softly, the son of a profitable general practitioner, who refuses to keep on with in his father's footsteps. Wilkie Collins was once a popular English author within the nineteenth century. Collins used to be an in depth pal of Charles Dickens and his books have been frequently featured in Dickens' journals the entire yr around and family phrases. Collins' books nonetheless get pleasure from broad reputation, specially secret and detective novels akin to the girl in White, The Moonstone, and Armadale.

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They boiled what we boiled, and we roasted what they roasted. We none of us ever changed the succession of the courses--or made more or less of them--or altered the position of the fowls opposite the mistress and the haunch opposite the master. My stomach used to quail within me, in those times, when the tureen was taken off and the inevitable gravy-soup smell renewed its daily acquaintance with my nostrils, and warned me of the persistent eatable formalities that were certain to follow. I suppose that honest people, who have known what it is to get no dinner (being a Rogue, I have myself never wanted for one), have gone through some very acute suffering under that privation.

The following pages were written more than twenty years since, and were then published periodically in Household Words. In the original form of publication the Rogue was very favorably received. Year after year, I delayed the republication, proposing, at the suggestion of my old friend, Mr. Charles Reade, to enlarge the present sketch of the hero's adventures in Australia. But the opportunity of carrying out this project has proved to be one of the lost opportunities of my life. I republish the story with its original conclusion unaltered, but with such occasional additions and improvements as will, I hope, render it more worthy of attention at the present time.

This was diverting enough; but Mr. Batterbury's conduct was more amusing still. The miserly little wretch not only tried to conceal his greedy desire to save his own pockets by securing the allowance of pin-money left to his wife, but absolutely persisted in ignoring the plain fact that his visit to me sprang from the serious pecuniary interest which he and Annabella now had in the life and health of your humble servant. I made all the necessary jokes about the strength of the vital principle in Lady Malkinshaw, and the broken condition of my own constitution; but he solemnly abstained from understanding one of them.

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