Rebecca

Jack Favell Character Analysis

Jack Favell is Rebecca’s cousin and, we later learn, her lover. Like his cousin, he seems friendly on the outside, but is secretly greedy, unethical, and manipulative—and yet he also reveals that he was truly in love with Rebecca, while she had no real feelings for him in return. Although he’s not a major character in the novel until the final chapters, Favell shows his true colors when he attempts to blackmail Maxim de Winter for murdering Rebecca—an attempt that fails when it’s revealed that Rebecca had been diagnosed with terminal cancer before her death. Because Rebecca herself isn’t a speaking character, Jack Favell is an important addition to the novel—by studying his character, we get a better sense for what kind of woman Rebecca herself truly was.

Jack Favell Quotes in Rebecca

The Rebecca quotes below are all either spoken by Jack Favell or refer to Jack Favell. 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 and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Harper edition of Rebecca published in 2006.
Chapter 23 Quotes

“This business has been a shock to me, you know,” he said. “A bloody awful shock. Rebecca was my cousin. I was damn fond of her.”
“Yes,” I said. “I'm very sorry for you.”
“We were brought up together,” he went on. “Always tremendous pals. Liked the same things, the same people. Laughed at the same jokes. I suppose I was fonder of Rebecca than anyone else in the world. And she was fond of me. All this has been a bloody shock.”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Jack Favell (speaker), Rebecca de Winter
Page Number: 329
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Chapter 24 Quotes

Thank God for Favell's laugh. Thank God for his pointing finger, his flushed face, his staring bloodshot eyes. Thank God for the way he stood there swaying on his two feet. Because it made Colonel Julyan antagonistic, it put him on our side. I saw the disgust on his face, the quick movement of his lips. Colonel Julyan did not believe him. Colonel Julyan was on our side.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Jack Favell, Colonel Julyan
Page Number: 337
Explanation and Analysis:

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Jack Favell Character Timeline in Rebecca

The timeline below shows where the character Jack Favell appears in Rebecca. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...man asks Danvers to introduce him to the narrator—Danvers explains that the man is Mr. Favell, but she doesn’t explain who this is. Favell says that he should be going. He... (full context)
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After Favell is gone, the narrator wonders who he could be: he’s addressed Maxim as Max, something... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Shortly after Favell’s departure, the narrator walks to the west wing, to find the window from which she... (full context)
Chapter 15
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In the car, the narrator asks Beatrice if she’s ever heard of Jack Favell, and explains that he came to Manderley yesterday. Beatrice thinks she’s heard the name before,... (full context)
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...very angry. The narrator greets Maxim warmly, expecting him to mention the incident with Jack Favell. But Maxim doesn’t bring up Favell at all—he only says that he’s had a long... (full context)
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After Mrs. Danvers leaves, the narrator wonders why Maxim doesn’t like Rebecca’s cousin, Jack Favell. She suspects that Jack is the “black sheep” of Rebecca’s side of the family—a troublesome... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...power over her. She accuses the narrator of ratting her out to Maxim after Jack Favell visited Manderley—an accusation that the narrator denies. Mrs. Danvers tells the narrator, “you’re never going... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Maxim explains that Rebecca had a cousin, Jack Favell, who lived in London. The narrator nods and explains that she’s met him at Manderley.... (full context)
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...Maxim went down to the cottage with a gun, thinking that he’d surprise Rebecca and Favell. Instead, he found Rebecca waiting there alone, looking pale and oddly sickly. Maxim, unsure what... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...the station. When she enters, she finds James Tabb, a boat builder, standing with Jack Favell. Tabb is testifying that the boat he built for Rebecca had never been known to... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...since it’s come out that Rebecca’s boat was deliberately scuttled (sunk). She remembers seeing Jack Favell at the inquest, but Frank explains that Jack has the right to attend it, since... (full context)
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...While Maxim is out, Frith announces that a gentleman has come to visit: it’s Jack Favell. (full context)
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The narrator goes downstairs to greet Jack Favell, who’s smiling oddly. Favell asks the narrator if Maxim is “running off.” He notes that... (full context)
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Maxim returns to Manderley and finds the narrator talking to Jack Favell. Jack greets Maxim cheerily and congratulates him sarcastically on the inquest results. Maxim coolly tells... (full context)
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Maxim calmly says that Favell should leave, or he’ll call Colonel Julyan and tell him about Favell’s affair with Rebecca.... (full context)
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It takes a long time for Colonel Julyan to come to Manderley. Favell sits in Manderley, reading the newspaper. The narrator fantasizes about shooting him and hiding the... (full context)
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As Colonel Julyan listens to Favell, the narrator senses that he’s taken an intense disliking to Favell. When Favell has finished... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Jack Favell has just suggested that Maxim killed Rebecca. Favell laughs hysterically, and the narrator notices that... (full context)
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As the narrator listens to Favell and Colonel Julyan argue, she realizes that there is a witness to Rebecca’s murder: Ben.... (full context)
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While Frank, Favell, Julyan, Maxim, and the narrator wait for Robert to find Ben, Favell insults Frank. He... (full context)
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Robert returns to Manderley with Ben. Inside, Favell greets Ben and asks Ben if he remembers who he is. Before Ben can answer,... (full context)
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Colonel Julyan tells Favell the facts: Favell has no way whatsoever of proving his story. Favell smirks and says... (full context)
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Favell asks Mrs. Danvers to tell Colonel Julyan the truth about Rebecca: she’d been “living” with... (full context)
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...for a long time, then says, “No.” Julyan shows Danvers the note Rebecca supposedly sent Favell before her death. Danvers insists that this note is a fabrication: if Rebecca had something... (full context)
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Favell says that Frank should call all the phone numbers listed in the M-0488 format. Frank... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The narrator stands in her home, looking at Colonel Julyan, Frank, Favell, Mrs. Danvers, and Maxim. She sees a look of utter despair on Maxim’s face—now he... (full context)
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...Dr. Baker, gotten a medical diagnosis of some kind, and then sent the note to Favell to share the information with him. Julyan wonders what this “diagnosis” could possibly be. (full context)
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As Julyan, Maxim, and Favell argue, the narrator notices that Mrs. Danvers is looking at Maxim with utter hatred. The... (full context)
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...need to speak to Dr. Baker as soon as possible—probably tomorrow evening at the earliest. Favell objects that Julyan will need to keep watch on Maxim in the meantime to make... (full context)
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Favell, Colonel Julyan, and Mrs. Danvers leave the room, leaving Maxim with Frank and the narrator.... (full context)
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...asks about the suicide verdict, which has just been publicly announced. The narrator doesn’t mention Favell at all, but says that Maxim is in a state of shock after the verdict.... (full context)
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...estate, and they pick him up. When they drive farther away from Manderley, they find Favell waiting for them on schedule. Maxim drives Julyan and the narrator into London, followed closely... (full context)
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...the front door, Colonel Julyan asks for Dr. Baker, and a maid shows everyone, including Favell, inside. After about five minutes Dr. Baker comes downstairs. Colonel Julyan greets him and asks... (full context)
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Dr. Baker sits down with the group. Before Colonel Julyan can begin his questions, Favell interjects that there was a supposed suicide, and Dr. Baker can help Julyan conclude that... (full context)
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Outside Roselands, the group stands by their cars, shaken. Favell in particular is stunned by the news that Rebecca had cancer. Colonel Julyan sternly tells... (full context)
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Colonel Julyan watches Favell drive away. He asks Maxim if he had any idea that Rebecca had cancer—Maxim says... (full context)
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...can find her. The narrator shrugs and says, “So much the better.” She assumes that Favell has called Mrs. Danvers and told her about Dr. Baker’s information. The narrator imagines herself... (full context)