In 1859 England, young artist Walter Hartright leaves London for Cumberland to teach drawing to half-sisters Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie, who reside with their wealthy recluse uncle, Frederick Fairlie, at his grand country home. Before leaving for Cumberland, Walter has a brief and strange encounter in the park with a sad, mysterious young woman in white, who pleads for help and then disappears. Walter overhears a man warning others in the park to beware of a woman in white, whom he says escaped from an asylum. In Cumberland, Walter is struck by Laura's resemblance to the woman in white. When Laura falls in love with Walter, Marian advises caution but, on hearing of his London experience, tells him of a woman called Anne Catherick, who once lived locally. After Laura receives a letter advising her against marrying the wealthy Sir Percival Glyde, Walter meets Anne, who owns to sending the letter, stating her reasons.
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There is a discussion of dreams and the impact of the subconscious, however the concept of the subconscious was pioneered by Pierre Janet, who was born in 1859 (See Wikipedia). The same year in which the novel was published. See more
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