Rebecca

The narrator of Rebecca is a young woman who marries a wealthy, middle-aged aristocrat, Maxim de Winter, and goes to live with him at his estate, Manderley. It’s significant that we’re never told the narrator’s real name: to the extent that she has any name at all, it’s Madame de Winter, or, to Maxim, “pet” or “lamb.” Throughout the novel, the narrator struggles to “make a name” for herself—that is, to assert her own personality and identity in the stuffy, claustrophobic environment at Manderley, which is still dominated by the memory of Maxim’s first wife, the charismatic Rebecca de Winter. The narrator is under a great deal of pressure to fit in at Manderley—in essence, to become Rebecca. And yet as the novel comes to a close, the narrator discovers new information about Rebecca and Maxim, convincing her that the notion of becoming Rebecca is flawed from the start. In the process, she overcomes her anxieties about life at Manderley, and seems to “grow up overnight.” By telling us the story of Rebecca, she purges herself of her own doubt and insecurity, completing her coming of age.

The narrator Quotes in Rebecca

The Rebecca quotes below are all either spoken by The narrator or refer to The narrator. 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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Chapter 1 Quotes

On and on, now east now west, wound the poor thread that once had been our drive. Sometimes I thought it lost, but it appeared again, beneath a fallen tree perhaps, or struggling on the other side of a muddied ditch created by the winter rains. I had not thought the way so long.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker)
Related Symbols: Manderley
Page Number: 2
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Chapter 2 Quotes

But I never dared ask Mrs. Danvers what she did about it. She would have looked at me in scorn, smiling that freezing, superior smile of hers, and I can imagine her saying: “There were never any complaints when Mrs. de Winter was alive.”

Mrs. Danvers. I wonder what she is doing now.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Rebecca de Winter, Mrs. Danvers
Page Number: 8
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Chapter 5 Quotes

“When we climbed the hills and looked down over the precipice. I was there some years ago, with my wife. You asked me if it was still the same, if it had changed at all. It was just the same, but—I was thankful to realize—oddly impersonal. There was no suggestion of the other time. She and I had left no record. It may have been because you were with me. You have blotted out the past for me, you know, far more effectively than all the bright lights of Monte Carlo.”

Related Characters: Maximilian de Winter (speaker), Rebecca de Winter, The narrator
Page Number: 40
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How many times she must have written to him thus, in how many varied moods. Little notes, scrawled on half-sheets of paper, and letters, when he was away, page after page, intimate, their news. Her voice, echoing through the house, and down the garden, careless and familiar like the writing in the book.

And I had to call him Maxim.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Rebecca de Winter, Maximilian de Winter
Page Number: 44
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Chapter 6 Quotes

“If you think I'm one of the people who try to be funny at breakfast you're wrong,” he said. “I'm invariably ill-tempered in the early morning. I repeat to you, the choice is open to you. Either you go to America with Mrs. Van Hopper or you come home to Manderley with me.”
“Do you mean you want a secretary or something?”
“No, I'm asking you to marry me, you little fool.”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter (speaker), Mrs. Van Hopper
Page Number: 52
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“Naturally one wants you to be happy, and I grant you he's a very attractive creature but—well, I'm sorry; and personally I think you are making a big mistake—one you will bitterly regret.”

Related Characters: Mrs. Van Hopper (speaker), The narrator, Maximilian de Winter
Page Number: 66
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Chapter 8 Quotes

“Who is it?” I said, “who do you want?”
There was a strange buzzing at the end of the line, and then a voice came, low and rather harsh, whether that of a woman or a man I could not tell, and “Mrs. de Winter?” it said, “Mrs. de Winter?”
“I'm afraid you have made a mistake,” I said; “Mrs. de Winter has been dead for over a year.” I sat there, waiting, staring stupidly into the mouthpiece, and it was not until the name was repeated again, the voice incredulous, slightly raised, that I became aware, with a rush of color to my face, that I had blundered irretrievably, and could not take back my words.
“It's Mrs. Danvers, Madam,” said the voice. “I'm speaking to you on the house telephone.”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Mrs. Danvers (speaker), Rebecca de Winter
Related Symbols: Manderley
Page Number: 86
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“You see,” she said, snapping the top, and walking down the stairs, “you are so very different from Rebecca.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Lacy (speaker), Rebecca de Winter, The narrator
Page Number: 107
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Chapter 11 Quotes

I heard myself saying boldly, brazenly, “Rebecca must have been a wonderful person.”
I could not believe that I had said the name at last. I waited, wondering what would happen. I had said the name. I had said the word Rebecca aloud. It was a tremendous relief. It was as though I had taken a purge and rid myself of an intolerable pain. Rebecca. I had said it aloud.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Rebecca de Winter
Page Number: 126
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“I ought to have told you all this before,” I said.
“I wish you had,” he said. “I might have spared you some worry.”
“I feel happier,” I said, “much happier. And I've got you for my friend whatever happens, haven't I, Frank?”
“Yes, indeed,” he said.
We were out of the dark.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Frank Crawley
Page Number: 136
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Chapter 13 Quotes

I dreaded his going. When I saw the car disappear round the sweep in the drive I felt exactly as though it were to be a final parting and I should never see him again. There would be an accident of course and later on in the afternoon, when I came back from my walk, I should find Frith white and frightened waiting for me with a message. The doctor would have rung up from some cottage hospital. “You must be very brave,” he would say, “I'm afraid you must be prepared for a great shock.”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter, Frith
Page Number: 152
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Chapter 15 Quotes

She had relaxed against the pillows, plucking at her shawl, and her mouth began to tremble. “You talk too much, all of you. I don't understand.” Then she looked across at me, a frown on her face, and began shaking her head. “Who are you, my dear, I haven't seen you before? I don't know your face. I don't remember you at Manderley. Bee, who is this child? Why did not Maxim bring Rebecca? I'm so fond of Rebecca. Where is dear Rebecca?”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Gran (speaker)
Page Number: 188
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Chapter 16 Quotes

He considered me a moment, his eyebrows raised, whistling softly. “Listen, my sweet. When you were a little girl, were you ever forbidden to read certain books, and did your father put those books under lock and key?”
“Yes,” I said.
“Well, then. A husband is not so very different from a father after all. There is a certain type of knowledge I prefer you not to have. It's better kept under lock and key. So that's that. And now eat up your peaches, and don't ask me any more questions, or I shall put you in the corner.”
“I wish you would not treat me as if I was six,” I said.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter (speaker)
Page Number: 205
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“What the hell do you think you are doing?” he asked. His eyes blazed in anger. His face was still ashen white.
I could not move, I went on standing there, my hand on the banister.
“It's the picture,” I said, terrified at his eyes, at his voice. “It's the picture, the one in the gallery.”
There was a long silence. We went on staring at each other. Nobody moved in the hall. I swallowed, my hand moved to my throat. “What is it?” I said. “What have I done?”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter (speaker)
Related Symbols: The White Dress
Page Number: 217
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Chapter 17 Quotes

I remember Robert dropping a tray of ices, and the expression of Frith's face when he saw Robert was the culprit and not one of the minions hired for the occasion. I wanted to go to Robert and stand beside him and say “I know how you feel. I understand. I've done worse than you tonight.”

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Frith, Robert
Related Symbols: The White Dress
Page Number: 228
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Chapter 18 Quotes

That was why I had come down last night in my blue dress and had not stayed hidden in my room. There was nothing brave or fine about it, it was a wretched tribute to convention. I had not come down for Maxim's sake, or Beatrice's, for the sake of Manderley. I had come down because I did not want the people at the ball to think I had quarreled with Maxim. I didn't want them to go home and say, “Of course you know they don't get on. I hear he's not at all happy.” I had come for my own sake, my own poor personal pride.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter, Beatrice Lacy
Related Symbols: The White Dress
Page Number: 235
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“I thought I hated you but I don't now,” she said; “it seems to have spent itself, all the feeling I had.”
“Why should you hate me?” I asked; “what have I ever done to you that you should hate me?”
“You tried to take Mrs. de Winter's place,” she said.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Mrs. Danvers (speaker), Rebecca de Winter
Page Number: 245
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Chapter 19 Quotes

I was free now to be with Maxim, to touch him, and hold him, and love him. I would never be a child again.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter
Page Number: 296
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Chapter 20 Quotes

“Our marriage was a farce from the very first. She was vicious, damnable, rotten through and through. We never loved each other, never had one moment of happiness together. Rebecca was incapable of love, of tenderness, of decency. She was not even normal.”

Related Characters: Maximilian de Winter (speaker), Rebecca de Winter, The narrator
Page Number: 275
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“Yes,” I said, “my sweet, my love.” But I looked away from him so he should not see my face. What did it matter whether I understood him or not? My heart was light like a feather floating in the air. He had never loved Rebecca.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Rebecca de Winter, Maximilian de Winter
Page Number: 278
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Chapter 21 Quotes

“I will give the orders about the lunch,” she said. She waited a moment. I did not say anything. Then she went out of the room. She can't frighten me any more, I thought. She has lost her power with Rebecca.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Mrs. Danvers (speaker), Rebecca de Winter
Page Number: 296
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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
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Chapter 27 Quotes

I would learn more about the estate, too. I should ask Frank to explain things to me. I was sure Frank liked me. I liked him, too. I would go into things, and learn how they were managed. What they did at the farm. How the work in the grounds was planned. I might take to gardening myself, and in time have one or two things altered. That little square lawn outside the morning-room with the statue of the satyr. I did not like it. We would give the satyr away. There were heaps of things that I could do, little by little. People would come and stay and I should not mind. There would be the interest of seeing to their rooms, having flowers and books put, arranging the food. We would have children. Surely we would have children.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter, Frank Crawley
Page Number: 382
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There was no moon. The sky above our heads was inky black. But the sky on the horizon was not dark at all. It was shot with crimson, like a splash of blood. And the ashes blew towards us with the salt wind from the sea.

Related Characters: The narrator (speaker), Maximilian de Winter
Related Symbols: Manderley
Page Number: 386
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Chapter 1
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The novel begins, “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The narrator remembers a dream about approaching a large metal gate that’s been locked. Behind the gate,... (full context)
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The narrator passes “like a spirit” through the gate and proceeds to the house. The moon is... (full context)
Chapter 2
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The narrator concludes that she can never return to Manderley, because the past is “too close.” She... (full context)
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Despite her assuredness that she can’t return to Manderley, the narrator can’t help thinking of it at all times. The smallest details remind her of Manderley... (full context)
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The narrator remembers some of the people who lived at Manderley. There was the servant, Mrs. Danvers,... (full context)
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The narrator also remembers Mrs. Van Hopper, a woman she worked for long ago. One evening, the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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The narrator considers the fact that Mrs. Van Hopper’s observation about Maxim de Winter changed the course... (full context)
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The narrator remembers the afternoon, years ago, when Mrs. Van Hopper was sitting on a sofa in... (full context)
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The narrator , Maxim, and Mrs. Van Hopper proceed to have coffee together. Van Hopper says that... (full context)
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To the narrator ’s surprise, Maxim gently asks her if she would like more coffee. Her asks her... (full context)
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Later in the afternoon, the narrator prepares to play bridge with Mrs. Van Hopper. Bridge is dull for the narrator, since... (full context)
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...Hopper wakes up with a fever of 102. While the doctors care for Van Hopper, the narrator goes to eat lunch, alone. In the lunch hall, the narrator sees Maxim, also dining... (full context)
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At lunch, Maxim tells the narrator once again that he apologizes for his rudeness. The narrator says that Maxim wasn’t rude—at... (full context)
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The narrator explains to Maxim that she works for Mrs. Van Hopper for a sum of 90... (full context)
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Maxim asks the narrator what she’ll be doing with her free afternoon. The narrator says she’s planning to walk... (full context)
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The narrator spends the afternoon with Maxim in Monaco, attempting to sketch. Because it’s too cold and... (full context)
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On the car ride back to the Hotel, Maxim tells the narrator about the flowers at Manderley: beautiful violets, tulips, and lilacs. As he speaks, dusk falls... (full context)
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The narrator goes to dinner in the Hotel, where she looks through the volume of poems Maxim... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The narrator notes that she’s felt the “fever of first love” not once but twice. She remembers... (full context)
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One day, during her drive with Maxim, the narrator asks him, point-blank, why he’s spending so much time with her. Maxim replies that he’s... (full context)
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The narrator , upset by Maxim’s aggressive tone, says that she wants to go home. Maxim nods,... (full context)
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The narrator returns to the Hotel, and before Maxim parts ways with her for the day, he... (full context)
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The narrator finds that she can’t stop thinking about Rebecca, Maxim’s former wife. No doubt, Rebecca called... (full context)
Chapter 6
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The narrator remembers having to leave Manderley recently. She and her husband (unnamed for the moment) are... (full context)
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The narrator remembers the rest of her time in Monte Carlo with Mrs. Van Hopper. Van Hopper... (full context)
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Mrs. Van Hopper comes to the end of her time at Monte Carlo, and the narrator is seriously considering accompanying her to New York. On Van Hopper’s last night in Monte... (full context)
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The next morning, the narrator wakes up early and dines with Mrs. Van Hopper, who’s oblivious to her companion’s sadness.... (full context)
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The narrator imagines being Maxim’s wife, and has an almost hallucinatory vision of walking around Manderley with... (full context)
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The narrator ends her vision, and finds herself sitting before Maxim in the hotel. Maxim tells her... (full context)
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After Maxim leaves Mrs. Van Hopper’s room, the narrator goes in, reluctantly and fearfully. Van Hopper is cold, and says that the narrator is... (full context)
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The narrator leaves Monte Carlo with Maxim. But she can’t stop thinking about what Mrs. Van Hopper... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Max—or Maxim, as the narrator still calls him—and the narrator arrive at Manderley in early May. Manderley, which is in... (full context)
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Maxim and the narrator drive to Manderley. When they’re only a short distance from the house itself, the narrator... (full context)
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As the narrator emerges from the car, she sees an older woman walking toward her. Maxim introduces her... (full context)
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Inside Manderley, Maxim and the narrator greet Maxim’s prized cocker spaniels, Jasper and his old, blind mother. The narrator, comforted by... (full context)
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The narrator thinks of everything that has happened to her lately. Several months have passed since her... (full context)
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The narrator looks around Manderley, her new home. Surveying her library, she can’t believe that she’s standing... (full context)
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Frith leads the narrator to her new bedroom. The narrator finds herself feeling nervous—she says that the house is... (full context)
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The narrator asks Mrs. Danvers if she’s been at Manderley for long. Danvers explains that she’s been... (full context)
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Suddenly, Maxim enters the narrator ’s bedroom. Cheerfully, he praises the décor of the room, and notes that it was... (full context)
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In the evening, Alice, a maid, dresses the narrator for dinner. The narrator wears an old dress that Mrs. Van Hopper gave her months... (full context)
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The narrator notices right away that life at Manderley is carefully planned and scheduled. Maxim gets up... (full context)
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The narrator eats breakfast by herself, until it’s past 10 o’clock. She apologizes to Frith for eating... (full context)
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In the “morning-room” of the house, the narrator sits with her two dogs. She realizes that even these animals knew what time the... (full context)
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The telephone rings, and the narrator answers it. A low voice asks for “Mrs. de Winter,” and the narrator replies that... (full context)
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The narrator hangs up the phone and stares at Rebecca’s notebook. Rebecca kept herself busy for years... (full context)
Chapter 9
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At noon, the narrator hears the sound of a car pulling up to Manderley. She feels a sudden rush... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers leads the narrator back to her room, and tells her that Major Giles and Beatrice Lacy—Maxim’s sister and... (full context)
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...tease Maxim about his health—they suggest that he’s lost weight lately, probably because of marrying the narrator . The narrator notices that Maxim is trying not to seem angry. Giles and Beatrice... (full context)
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Beatrice and the narrator take a walk around Manderley. Beatrice asks the narrator how she’s been getting along with... (full context)
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The narrator and Beatrice meet up with Giles and Maxim outside on a lawn. Maxim invites Giles,... (full context)
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Giles and Beatrice say goodbye, inviting the narrator to visit them anytime. As Beatrice goes, she apologizes to the narrator for asking her... (full context)
Chapter 10
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The narrator notices that Maxim seems tired after hosting his sister. To relax, he, the narrator, and... (full context)
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As Maxim and the narrator walk around the grounds, Jasper bounds away from them, and the narrator goes chasing after... (full context)
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The narrator and Jasper walk back to Maxim. Maxim tells the narrator that the man is named... (full context)
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The next day, the narrator begins to fall into the rhythm of life at Manderley. She has tea with Maxim... (full context)
Chapter 11
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The narrator learns more about Rebecca in the coming weeks. The servants ask the narrator if she’ll... (full context)
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One day, the narrator pays a visit to the wife of the local bishop. She says that she’s here... (full context)
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The narrator gets up to leave. The bishop’s wife tells the narrator to pass on her respects... (full context)
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At the end of the day, the narrator drives back to Manderley and finds Frank Crawley waiting there. He greets the narrator, and... (full context)
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The narrator asks Frank about Ben, the mentally challenged man who was working on the Manderley grounds.... (full context)
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The narrator , sensing that Frank is going to be honest with her, asks Frank how Rebecca... (full context)
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The narrator tries to explain herself to Frank. She tells him that everyone in her new life... (full context)
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The narrator and Frank walk back to the front of Manderley. The narrator asks Frank if Rebecca... (full context)
Chapter 12
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The narrator receives a wedding present from Beatrice—a large multi-volume text called A History of Painting. There’s... (full context)
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...Robert of stealing a valuable ornament from the morning-room, and Robert has denied this. As the narrator listens to Frith and Maxim speak, she realizes that she was responsible for breaking the... (full context)
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A short while later, Maxim and Mrs. Danvers come back to where the narrator is sitting. Mrs. Danvers, who is blank-faced as ever, tells the narrator that she should... (full context)
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The narrator tells Maxim that her closest friend at Manderley is the servant girl, Clarice. Maxim, who’s... (full context)
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The narrator goes on to tell Maxim that she’s been frustrated in her new lifestyle. Maxim, she... (full context)
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The narrator apologizes to Maxim once again for breaking the china cupid. She asks him if it... (full context)
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In June, Maxim travels to London to attend a public dinner. For two days, the narrator is on her own. As she watches Maxim drive away in his car, she senses... (full context)
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The narrator proceeds with her day. Slowly, she realizes that she’s feeling excited for the first time... (full context)
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The narrator walks through the Happy Valley until she approaches the sea. There is a harbor with... (full context)
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Jasper begins to bark, and he runs toward the cottage nearby. As the narrator approaches the cottage, she notices Ben, who’s hiding behind a wall. Ben sheepishly emerges, and... (full context)
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Ben tells the narrator , “you’re not like the other one.” He explains that “the other one” threatened to... (full context)
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As the narrator walks back to the house, she notices an unfamiliar car parked off the road. Suddenly,... (full context)
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When the narrator enters the house, she notices that a few things have been moved or rearranged: her... (full context)
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The mysterious man apologizes to the narrator , and explains that he’s come to see “old Danny.” He pets Jasper, and explains... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers enters the room, and the narrator senses that Danvers despises her. The man asks Danvers to introduce him to the narrator—Danvers... (full context)
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After Favell is gone, the narrator wonders who he could be: he’s addressed Maxim as Max, something only Rebecca did, as... (full context)
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Shortly after Favell’s departure, the narrator walks to the west wing, to find the window from which she first laid eyes... (full context)
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The narrator surveys the room more closely. There are dressing gowns in the wardrobe, which emit a... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers, still smiling, shows the narrator more of Rebecca’s clothes, reminiscing about serving her in the old days. Then, unexpectedly, Danvers... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers continues talking about Rebecca as the narrator grows more and more uncomfortable. She explains that Maxim doesn’t use the west rooms of... (full context)
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The next day, Maxim is scheduled to return in the late evening. In the morning, the narrator receives a call from Beatrice. Over the phone, Beatrice asks the narrator if she’d like... (full context)
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At 3:30, Beatrice arrives at Manderley. She drives the narrator to see “Gran,” noting in the car that the narrator looks thin and unhealthy, but... (full context)
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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... (full context)
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Beatrice and the narrator arrive at the house of Beatrice and Maxim’s mother. Inside, the narrator finds a house... (full context)
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Beatrice tells Gran that the narrator is a talented artist, and the narrator modestly denies this. As the narrator talks with... (full context)
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Outside Gran’s house, Beatrice apologizes profusely to the narrator for Gran’s behavior, but the narrator insists that there’s no problem. Gran is very old,... (full context)
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As Beatrice and the narrator drive back to Manderley, the narrator imagines Gran as a younger woman, raising Maxim when... (full context)
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The narrator thanks Beatrice and says goodbye. As she walks into Manderley, she hears Maxim arguing with... (full context)
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The narrator remembers the Sunday when the idea of a “fancy dress ball” was first proposed. Maxim... (full context)
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After the guests leave, the narrator , Frank, and Maxim discuss the idea of a ball. The narrator complains that Lady... (full context)
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The narrator goes to the west wing of the house with Jasper. She thinks about Maxim’s orders... (full context)
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Word gets out that there’s to be a costume ball at Manderley. Clarice, the narrator ’s favorite maid, tells the narrator that she’s excited for the big night. Frank and... (full context)
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The next day, Mrs. Danvers approaches the narrator about the sketches she’s thrown away—she claims to want to make sure that the narrator... (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... (full context)
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As the ball approaches, the narrator decides to go with Mrs. Danvers’ suggestion for a costume, and copies the portrait of... (full context)
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It is the afternoon of the ball. The narrator is very nervous—so nervous that she can’t eat anything. Beatrice and Giles show up early,... (full context)
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The narrator goes upstairs to put on her dress. As Clarice helps her with it, the narrator... (full context)
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The narrator , now dressed in her white gown, walks downstairs, to find a group of guests... (full context)
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When the narrator returns to her room, she finds Clarice, teary-eyed. With Clarice’s help, the narrator gets out... (full context)
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Suddenly, Beatrice walks into the narrator ’s bedroom, wearing an “Eastern” gown. Beatrice explains the truth to the narrator: the white... (full context)
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The narrator imagines the conversations about her going on downstairs. The guests are undoubtedly talking about how... (full context)
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Slowly, the narrator takes out a blue dress from her wardrobe. She irons the dress, puts it on,... (full context)
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The narrator joins Maxim. Together, they smile graciously at guests. The narrator senses that they’re performing like... (full context)
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As the night goes on, the narrator dances joylessly with Maxim. Slowly, the guests begin to leave. The narrator says goodbye to... (full context)
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The narrator goes to her bed, and waits for Maxim to enter the room and climb into... (full context)
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In the late morning after the ball, the narrator wakes up to find a tray of cold tea waiting for her—Clarice must have left... (full context)
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As the narrator gets out of bed, she realizes that she’s simply not suited for life with Maxim—Mrs.... (full context)
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The narrator imagines guests talking about the ball they’ve attended the previous night. Perhaps they’ll agree that... (full context)
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Downstairs, the narrator greets Robert and asks where Maxim might be—Robert reports that he left the house after... (full context)
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The narrator waits for Frank to arrive. She senses that she’ll never see Maxim again—that he’s left... (full context)
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Furious, the narrator goes to confront Mrs. Danvers about last night’s fiasco. She finds Danvers in the west... (full context)
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The narrator stares into Mrs. Danvers’s old, wizened face. Danvers explains that ever since the narrator has... (full context)
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The narrator isn’t sure what to do with Mrs. Danvers. She tells her to go to her... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers opens a nearby window, from which the narrator can see the fog and the ocean in the distance. Danvers tells the narrator she... (full context)
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...“boom.” Mrs. Danvers explains that a ship on the water is firing off a rocket. The narrator hears shouts and footsteps coming from the grounds of Manderley outside. (full context)
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The narrator stands by the window with Mrs. Danvers, looking down at Maxim, who’s rushing from the... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers steps away from the window, and tells the narrator that she should go downstairs to provide help. Then Danvers asks the narrator to tell... (full context)
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The narrator walks downstairs, where she finds Frith, who tells her that Maxim was here only a... (full context)
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The narrator stares out at the ocean, and sees Frank. Frank greets the narrator cheerily and tells... (full context)
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The narrator sees Ben approaching her. The narrator tells Ben that there must be a hole in... (full context)
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The narrator returns to the house, and asks Robert if Maxim has been home. Robert says that... (full context)
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Suddenly, Maxim enters the house and sees Captain Searle and the narrator talking. He asks Searle if anything is the matter. Before Searle can repeat himself, the... (full context)
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The narrator goes on to discuss the previous night with Maxim. She asks Maxim if he’d thought... (full context)
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Maxim tells the narrator what Captain Searle has just told him, but the narrator cuts him off before he... (full context)
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The narrator stands in the library with Maxim, having just learned that he murdered Rebecca. There is... (full context)
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The narrator tries to express what she’s feeling to Maxim, but instead of listening, Maxim explains what... (full context)
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...ago, he took her to the top of a hill—the same hill where he took the narrator . There, Rebecca told Maxim “things I shall never repeat to a living soul.” As... (full context)
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...let them know it—as far as the servants were concerned, she was an angel. As the narrator listens, her heart is full of love for Maxim: she realizes Maxim never loved Rebecca... (full context)
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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. This surprises Maxim, who had no... (full context)
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...be found and the body identified. In other words, Rebecca will win in the end. The narrator protests that she and Maxim have to think of a way to explain the body... (full context)
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Maxim goes to answer the phone, leaving the narrator alone. She has the strong sense that she, along with Maxim, has murdered Rebecca. And... (full context)
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The next morning, the narrator wakes up to find that Maxim has already left the house, presumably to meet with... (full context)
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Mrs. Danvers stares silently at the narrator , then asks why the reporter wanted to speak to her—the narrator replies that she... (full context)
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In the afternoon, Colonel Julyan comes to Manderley with Maxim and Frank Crawley. The narrator remembers seeing the Colonel at the ball, dressed as Oliver Cromwell (a ruler from English... (full context)
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Colonel Julyan thanks the narrator and Maxim for their patience, and bids them good day. Maxim and the narrator go... (full context)
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...there are headlines in every local paper about the discovery of Rebecca’s boat. Frith asks the narrator about the inevitable inquest—he wants to know if the servants will be asked to give... (full context)
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The narrator reads the newspaper stories about Maxim. They describe Rebecca as beautiful, brilliant, and talented, and... (full context)
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On the day of the inquest, Maxim and the narrator have lunch at one. The narrator is extremely nervous, and eats nothing. Maxim, by contrast,... (full context)
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After pacing outside the car for some time, the narrator changes her mind for a third time and heads into the station. When she enters,... (full context)
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...uncomfortable. Horridge asks Maxim if his relationship with Rebecca was happy. Before Maxim can answer, the narrator , who’s been listening to the conversation with great anxiety, falls to the ground—she’s about... (full context)
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When the narrator regains consciousness, she finds Frank standing with her outside the station. Frank suggests that they... (full context)
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Over the narrator ’s protestations, Frank drives the narrator back to Manderley, and then drives back to the... (full context)
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Hours later, Maxim enters the narrator ’s bedroom. He explains, “it’s all over.” The Coroner has concluded that Rebecca died by... (full context)
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...he’s going to the crypt on Manderley property, where Rebecca will be buried that evening. The narrator waits in her bedroom, imagining Maxim standing with Frank and Colonel Julyan, listening to the... (full context)
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The narrator goes downstairs to greet Jack Favell, who’s smiling oddly. Favell asks the narrator if Maxim... (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... (full context)
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...time for Colonel Julyan to come to Manderley. Favell sits in Manderley, reading the newspaper. The narrator fantasizes about shooting him and hiding the body. After more than an hour, Colonel Julyan... (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 explaining why... (full context)
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Jack Favell has just suggested that Maxim killed Rebecca. Favell laughs hysterically, and the narrator notices that Colonel Julyan, who’s been listening to Favell’s hypothesis, is taken aback. Julyan insists... (full context)
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As the narrator listens to Favell and Colonel Julyan argue, she realizes that there is a witness to... (full context)
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While Frank, Favell, Julyan, Maxim, and the narrator wait for Robert to find Ben, Favell insults Frank. He says that Frank didn’t have... (full context)
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The narrator stands in her home, looking at Colonel Julyan, Frank, Favell, Mrs. Danvers, and Maxim. She... (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 narrator realizes that... (full context)
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Favell, Colonel Julyan, and Mrs. Danvers leave the room, leaving Maxim with Frank and the narrator . Frank goes to make sure that Favell and Julyan leave the house—when he’s made... (full context)
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It’s now almost 10 pm. The phone rings, and the narrator answers—it’s Beatrice. Beatrice asks about the suicide verdict, which has just been publicly announced. The... (full context)
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The narrator abruptly hangs up the phone and turns to Maxim. Beatrice calls again, but neither she... (full context)
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The next morning, the narrator wakes up early. She goes downstairs and walks around the grounds of Manderley. She notices... (full context)
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The narrator goes to wake Maxim, and they eat breakfast in silence. At nine, Maxim and the... (full context)
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Colonel Julyan advises Maxim and the narrator to get out of England for a while to avoid the gossip and controversy about... (full context)
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The narrator and Maxim stop along the way back to Manderley to eat dinner at a London... (full context)
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...Frank. Frank reports that Mrs. Danvers has disappeared from Manderley: no one can find her. The narrator shrugs and says, “So much the better.” She assumes that Favell has called Mrs. Danvers... (full context)
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On the long drive back to Manderley, the narrator dreams about returning to her home and seeing Mrs. Danvers there. She suggests to Maxim... (full context)
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The narrator takes another nap. When she wakes up, it’s very late at night, and she and... (full context)