My Cousin Rachel

by

Daphne du Maurier

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Nick Kendall is Philip’s godfather and legal guardian, an old friend of Ambrose’s, and the father of Louise. Kendall is practical and level-headed; he finds both Philip’s original hatred of Rachel and his later rapturous love of her to be alarming. Throughout the novel, Kendall tries his best to counsel Philip and help him moderate his behavior. However, Philip soon becomes resentful of Kendall’s advice, and the fact that Ambrose’s will designates Kendall guardian of Philip and of the Ashley property until Philip’s twenty-fifth birthday. Many of the impetuous actions Philip takes throughout the novel, including removing the pearl collar from the bank and gifting it to Rachel, are partially motivated by a desire to spite his godfather.

Nick Kendall Quotes in My Cousin Rachel

The My Cousin Rachel quotes below are all either spoken by Nick Kendall or refer to Nick Kendall. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Sourcebooks edition of My Cousin Rachel published in 2009.
Chapter 7 Quotes

I don’t know what I thought to see. Something bold, perhaps, with loops and flourishes; or its reverse, darkly scrawled and mean. This was just handwriting, much like any other, except that the ends of the words tailed off in little dashes, making the words themselves not altogether easy to decipher.

Related Characters: Philip Ashley (speaker), Rachel Ashley, Nick Kendall
Related Symbols: Letters
Page Number: 73
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Chapter 23 Quotes

I could not believe it possible that a girl I knew and trusted could have so damnable a mind, and speak—that was the greatest hell—with so much logic and plain common sense, to tear apart another woman like herself.

“Is it your father’s legal mind speaking in you, or you yourself?” I said to her.

“Not my father,” she said; “you know his reserve. He has said little to me. I have a judgement [sic] of my own.”

Related Characters: Philip Ashley (speaker), Louise Kendall (speaker), Rachel Ashley, Nick Kendall
Page Number: 321
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Chapter 26 Quotes

Her head was turned to him as she listened, so that from the head of the table, where I sat, I looked on her in profile. She was always a stranger, thus. Those neat clipped features on a coin. Dark and withdrawn, a foreign woman standing in a doorway, a shawl about her head, her hand outstretched. But full-face, when she smiled, a stranger never. The Rachel that I knew, that I had loved.

Related Characters: Philip Ashley (speaker), Rachel Ashley, Nick Kendall
Related Symbols: Eyes
Page Number: 378
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Nick Kendall Character Timeline in My Cousin Rachel

The timeline below shows where the character Nick Kendall appears in My Cousin Rachel. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...be his cousin. One warning came from a man called Rainaldi and the other from Nick Kendall, Philip’s godfather. Philip also recalls the night he first met Rachel, as well as... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Ambrose leaves for Italy, and Philip spends time at home visiting with his godfather, Nick Kendall, and his daughter, Louise, a childhood friend of Philip’s. In November, Philip receives Ambrose’s... (full context)
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...women.” Philip is surprised by his cousin’s interest in Rachel, and chats about Rachel with Nick and Louise Kendall. Louise comments, “She must be very charming for Mr. Ashley to take... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...you, by any chance?” Philip vehemently denies being jealous of Rachel, but when his godfather, Nick Kendall, mentions that an heir produced by Ambrose and Rachel would significantly alter Philip’s life,... (full context)
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...and it is “better [to] keep silent.” Alarmed, Philip shows the letter to his godfather, Nick Kendall, who reveals that Ambrose’s father died of a brain tumor. Kendall worries Ambrose might... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...that he has sent a copy to the Ashley estate in Cornwall and one to Nick Kendall, whom he says is the trustee of Ambrose’s will. Philip is slightly taken aback... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...home to his estate in Cornwall. The servants and tenants are all in mourning, as Nick Kendall has informed them of Ambrose’s death. Philip feels relieved to be home; on his... (full context)
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The following day, Nick Kendall pays a visit to Philip in order to read him Ambrose’s will. Rainaldi was... (full context)
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Nick Kendall and Philip spend some time reminiscing about Philip’s boyhood days. Kendall laments that Philip... (full context)
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Philip then recounts for Nick Kendall his visit to Rainaldi. He bitterly informs his godfather of Rachel’s departure from the... (full context)
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Surprised by Nick Kendall’s forcefulness, Philip awkwardly asks him (and Louise, who has been out walking in the... (full context)
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...absence and the start of the harvest. He is surprised to receive a note from Nick Kendall within only a week’s time, bidding Philip to come visit him. When Philip rides... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Nick Kendall shows Philip the letter from Rachel. In it, she provides an account of Ambrose’s... (full context)
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Philip goes out to Nick Kendall’s summer-house to speak with Louise. Louise expresses her opinion that Rachel will find the... (full context)
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Through Nick Kendall, Philip makes arrangements to send a carriage for Rachel on Friday. In the meantime,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...realizes that Rachel does not know he visited the villa (even though Philip had asked Nick Kendall to mention it in the letter he wrote to Rachel). He realizes guiltily that... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...and assures Philip they can talk more tomorrow; on Monday, she plans to go to Nick Kendall’s home at Pelyn. Philip insists that this is absurd, and she should stay at... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Outside the church, Rachel coyly suggests that she ride with Nick Kendall, while Philip rides with Louise. (It was always Ambrose’s custom to dine after church... (full context)
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As dinner draws to a close, Nick Kendall asks whether Philip reminds Rachel of Ambrose, and she replies, “So much so […]... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...fact that Ambrose’s will makes no financial provision for Rachel, and he decides to visit Nick Kendall to see what can be done. “Thank heaven I had thought of [this],” he... (full context)
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...Thursday morning, Rachel’s Italian plants arrive from Plymouth, and Philip uses the opportunity to visit Nick Kendall at Pelyn. The two discuss Rachel’s situation, and Kendall resolves that “the best plan... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...the rooms, the two talk about the garden until Seecombe arrives with a letter from Nick Kendall. Philip is annoyed because he will now be “caught for the business of [Rachel]... (full context)
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...note from Rachel asking him to forgive her, and saying that she has written to Nick Kendall to accept the allowance. Philip finds himself resenting Ambrose for not providing for Rachel;... (full context)
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Instead of going directly to bed, Philip stays up to write a letter to Nick Kendall to “reassure him that all had gone off well.” When Philip goes to deposit... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...“a list of eligible widowers.” Rachel quips that if she ever remarries, she will marry Nick Kendall. Philip knows Rachel is teasing him, but, nevertheless, during the next Sunday dinner he... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...to withdraw the necklace from the bank, saying he would prefer if Philip’s legal guardian, Nick Kendall, were present. Philip insists on taking the necklace, and leaves the bank feeling “much... (full context)
Chapter 17
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While the tenants are outside, Philip greets the Pascoes and the Kendalls. Philip finds Nick Kendall’s manner “abrupt”; he soon notices that his godfather’s eyes are glued to the pearl... (full context)
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In the drawing room, Mrs. Pascoe compliments Rachel on the pearl collar. In response, Nick Kendall makes a cold comment about how much the necklace is worth. Rachel gives Philip... (full context)
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Nick Kendall explains that Rachel has already overdrawn her account by several hundred pounds, and that... (full context)
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Nick Kendall goes on to say that Philip was not within his rights in removing the... (full context)
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Nick Kendall insists that Philip retrieve the pearl collar from Rachel and return it to the... (full context)
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...Philip notices Rachel and Louise in the doorway. Rachel calmly gives the pearl collar to Nick Kendall, saying that she “perfectly understand[s]” the situation. The Kendalls depart; Philip is still so... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Philip and Rachel spend a pleasant Christmas Day together—but Philip is still angry with Nick Kendall over the matter of the pearl collar. As a way to spite his godfather,... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...“a reckless feeling in [his] heart,” thinking how perfectly he has “turned the tables” on Nick Kendall. Now, Philip thinks, Rachel will have no reason to leave the Ashley estate, since... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...will be conducting some business before returning to Italy. He is even more irritated by Nick Kendall’s enthusiasm about the idea. That night, Philip lurks on the stairwell and eavesdrops on... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Philip stashes the jewels at home, and then rides to Pelyn to see Nick Kendall, carrying the document he has received from his attorney and the will drafted by... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...climbs in beside Rachel, who reveals that she has been to Pelyn to consult with Nick Kendall. Rachel says Kendall has clarified the document for her, but Philip finds her voice... (full context)
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...announce his engagement to Rachel. He drunkenly breaks the news, and Rachel quickly explains to Nick Kendall and Louise that “the birthday and the wine have gone to Philip’s head.” She... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...suggests that Rachel has merely been biding her time until Philip’s twenty-fifth birthday when, “with [Nick Kendall] no longer guardian, she could bleed [Philip] as she chose.” (full context)
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...when Rachel visited Pelyn on Philip’s birthday to discuss the transfer of the estate with Nick Kendall. Kendall pointed out the remarriage clause, emphasizing to Rachel that she must remain a... (full context)
Chapter 26
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After the meal, the Pascoes and Nick Kendall depart. Rachel invites Louise and Philip to her bedroom to drink tisana. Philip refuses... (full context)