“Times have changed, outwardly at least; but in essentials Mrs. Perrin’s types are the same to-day as when she created them, as all who know anything of British-Indian life will agree; and those who do not can still learn more from her novels than from most political and polemical writings.”
~ from Perrin’s obituary in The Times, 15 February 1934
Opening illustration for “Beynon, of the Irrigation Department,” published in The Windsor Magazine (November 1896).
From “Beynon, of the Irrigation Department.” The caption is Beynon’s question to his friend, Jack Massenger, concerning Kitty Vawse, “But how do you know that she would marry you?“
Beynon’s conversation with Kitty, who exclaims, “Never been in love? Just fancy! And…it’s so easy!”
During Beynon’s visit to Jack and Kitty Massenger’s home, Kitty takes their friend’s presence for granted, which leads to dire consequences later in the story: “She said good-night to him as she wrapped herself in her evening cloak.”
Opening image for “An Eastern Echo,” published in The Illustrated London News (June 1898).
Somerton rescues Meg Murray from the crowd at the religious festival: “Faint, bruised, and shaken, she lay in his arms sheltered behind a roadside tamarind-tree.”
Illustration from “A Perverted Punishment,” published in The Windsor Magazine (July 1897). Cecil Cartwright makes his confession to his cousin, Major John Kenwithin, who responds, “And is her husband a brute to her?”
Helen Kenwithin and Daisy Trench on board a ship returning to India. Before she learns of the relationship between Daisy and Cecil Cartwright, Helen sees a photograph of Cartwright in Daisy’s possession, and says, “He’s in our regiment. Fancy your knowing him! Isn’t he nice?”
John Kenwithin’s “perverted punishment” begins: “Then it was that the little packet fell into his hands.”
Opening illustration to the American publication of “A Perverted Punishment,” published in McClure’s Magazine (February 1910).
The caption reads: “Three o’clock on an April afternoon, and the mail train from Bombay steamed into the station.”
The opening conversation between John Kenwithin and Cecil Cartwright:
“Kenwithin’s eyes hardened and his mouth grew set.”
Kenwithin realizes his terrible mistake: “‘Helen! Helen!’ He moaned.”
First edition of Alice Perrin’s first short story collection, East of Suez, published by Anthony Treherne (1901).
“Coventry guessed that this was ‘the woman in the bazaar’.”
Frontispiece for the first edition of The Woman in the Bazaar, published by Cassell (1914). Original illustration by Dewar Mills.
Many of Alice Perrin’s novels were published in popular editions.
The cover image from The Waters of Destruction, published by
Chatto & Windus (1908).
The cover image from A Free Solitude, published by Chatto & Windus (1914).
Dust jacket for Separation, published in London by the Leisure Library.
Dust jacket for The Vow of Silence, published in London by the Leisure Library.
Back cover for The Vow of Silence. In addition to Separation (#29) and The Vow of Silence (#52), Perrin’s Star of India was published by The Leisure Library (#41).
Alice Perrin’s first novel, Into Temptation, was also republished in a popular edition by Methuen in 1916.
Along with Into Temptation, Perrin’s second novel, Late in Life, was included in Methuen’s Sevenpenny Novels series.
(As a side note, Bithia Mary Croker’s Angel, the first volume in the series and originally published by Methuen in 1901, was dedicated to “A. Perrin.”)
Tauchnitz edition of Government House, published in 1925.
Perrin’s Idolatry, The Charm, The Anglo-Indians, The Happy Hunting Ground,
and Rough Passages were also published by Tauchnitz.
Dust jacket from the Literary Press edition of The Stronger Claim, published in 1929.
Perrin’s last novel, Other Sheep, published by Ernest Benn (1932).