By John Sutherland, Wilkie Collins
While the aged Allan Armadale makes a bad confession on his death-bed, he has little suggestion of the repercussions to come back, for the key he finds includes the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gas the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of pressured identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, funds – and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as 'One of the main hardened lady villains whose units and needs have ever blackened fiction'. She is still one of the such a lot enigmatic and engaging ladies in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish center of this so much sensational of Victorian 'sensation novels'.
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The route would have been easier for ships heading westward, however, due to trade winds and currents, especially those leaving Egypt and the Levant (see below). 93 Markoe 2000, 173, based on ﬁnds of eastern Mediterranean imports; Sherratt and Sherratt 1993, 367. 12. Erickson 2005, 625–6 discusses a similar geographic signiﬁcance of Crete for Phoenician traders, and proposes that Cretans took the opportunity to sell local products to these merchants. 95 Hom. Od. 415–16; Papadopoulos and Smithson 2002, 182, but dismissed by Reger 2004, 775.
125 Renfrew 1975, 19. 126 Although useful, this analysis should not be pressed too far. 128 Moreover, the relationship between the Cyclades and Athens during the fourth century may pose similar problems for this ‘centralplace’ concept, since Athens was unable to achieve the same level of lasting political hegemony. 129 CYCLADIC POPULATION ESTIMATES Most modern estimates of the population of Aegean islands in antiquity have been relatively low. 130 This gives such totals as 3,200 for Amorgos, 19,200 for Andros, and 21,330 for Naxos.
Mor. 185c; Freeman 1963, 213–20; Sheedy 2006, 41–2; Constantakopoulou 2007, 104–6. 136 Tournefort 1718, 135. 137 Tournefort 1718, 272–3 refers to it as ‘the best-manured of any in the Archipelago’; Sheedy 2006, 74. 138 Tournefort 1718, 158, described as ‘well-cultivated’. 139 Tournefort 1718, 167 and 171. 140 Bent 1885, 428; Standford and Finopoulos 1984, 102–3 for Charlemont; Brun 1998, 659–61 on the variations in traveller’s reports of the region throughout history, echoed by Sheedy 2006, 35.