THE WOMAN IN WHlTE
THIS is the story of what a Wonian's patience can endure, and
what a Man's resolution can achieve.
If the machinery of the Law could be depended on to fathom
every case of suspicion, and to conduct every process of inquiry,
with moderate assistance only from the lubricating influences of
oil of gold, the events which fill these pages might have claimed
their share of the public attention in a Court of Justice.
But the Law is still, in certain inevitable cases, the pre-engaged
servant of the long purse; and the story is left to be told, for the
first time, in this place. As the Judge might once have heard it, so
the Reader shall hear it now. No circumstance of importance,
from the beginning to the end of the disclosure, shall be related
on hearsay evidence. When the writer of these introductory hnes
(Walter Hartright by name) happens to be more closely con-
nected than others with the inciden . . .