The Woman In White: A Drinking Game For The More Refined

The Woman In White Wilkie Collins Book Cover

The Woman In White

The first time you read The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, you should read it sober, just so you know what the hell is going on. Any subsequent reads after that, well, friend, indulge as much as you want.

The Woman In White was the first readalong book I completed in January, and OMFG I loved it. However, I was nagged by how awesome of a drinking game I could make from it. As this is a long weekend for those of us who are Americans and this is the week of posts for the first half of the Woman In White and I already finished it, I thought why not post my drinking game for it.

A little background on The Woman In White:

The story is told by multiple narrators. The main cast consists of Marion Halcombe, Laura Fairlie, and Walter Hartright. Anyways, the book begins with Walter being employed by Marion and Laura to teach them art. So, Walter walks on over and comes across a nutty lady dressed all in white. Adventures and WTFery ensue. Villains do dastardly deeds, I’m looking at you Sir Percival and Count Fosco. Mystery is had. Overall, free of flowery prose and 15 pages on a tree, etc, The Woman In White is quite readable for those of us who aren’t exactly dipping in the classics well very often.

Right-o. Now that you kind of have a background and have read this sober, it is time to play The Woman In White drinking game, so crack open your book, have something delicious by your side and prepare to get sloshed. It’s Hammer Time.

Take One Drink:

Every time the narrator changes

Every time Marion says something along the lines of how lame women are

Every time we hear about Laura being weak/delicate/fragile

Take Two Drinks:

Every time Count Fosco keeps the peace

Every time Sir Percival’s money troubles are referred to

Every time Frederick Fairlie is acting the hypochondriac

Take Three Drinks:

Every time Sir Percival’s SECRET is mentioned

Every time we hear about how wild, etc Countess Fosco used to be

Every time Marion comes up with A PLAN

Take Four Drinks:

Every time Anne Catherick shows up.. bonus drink when they mention why she dresses the way she does

Every time Walter Hartright takes a journey

Every time you read the word Typhus

Friends, you are welcome for this excellent opportunity to get plastered in the name of LITERATURE!

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Ooh, you do tempt me! Though knowing my lightweight status I’d pass out by chapter five…

  2. April, this is awesome! The first time I read The Woman in White, it was as an audiobook, and I think this game would be even *more* awesome when listening to it. 😉

  3. You want me that drunk?

  4. Loved the Woman in White! But you’re dead on when it comes to those drinking categories. Feeling tipsy already…

  5. I am kind of excited to reread it and try this. Maybe I will do it in the second half of the book 🙂

  6. That’s hilarious! I just finished the first half so I’m still working on my post, but I did enjoy it so far.

  7. Does this mean I can get drunk? Under the pretence that I am ALSO reading a classic? SIGN ME UP!

  8. Umm, this is AWESOME. Really awesome. I want to start over just so I can drink more. 😉

    I had a hard time stopping at the halfway point to write my haphazard review. The action just started to pick up and I have to know what happens!

  9. I love your drinking game. I am only halfway and I think I just may try it. This is really a good book though-can’t wait to find out the ending.


  10. LOL, funny game.

    I liked the Woman in White as well. Here is my review:

  11. I’d love to take the time to tell you how awesome your post is, but sadly I’ve started playing your truly inspired drinking game and can barely type. *hiccup*

  12. I am preparing tequila shots as we speak. :p

  13. Becky (Page Turners) says

    Wow – I am totally playing that game!

  14. This just made my day. You crack me up. It makes me want to re-read this one… while playing the drinking game.

  15. *Love* this. Especially the part about taking four drinks every time you read the word typhus. That one word alone would finish me.

  16. I was going to do this read-along, but I failed miserably. I had an electronic version and was going to read it on my PC. As it is, I have to force myself to sit here for Net-Galley. I’ve got to get a Kindle!

  17. I have figure out what I shall do on my 21st b-day!


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