Rebecca - chapters 19-21
And as for Max - instead of going through the public humiliation of a divorce he opted for killing his wife. Of course I don't really think a divorce would be quite so gothic-romancey.
Did anyone else think it strange when Maxim said he “forgot” how much blood shooting someone causes – does he make a practice of this? But I like him more now that I know he shot Rebecca. It’s a lot more interesting than just moping around.
The fact I've read more modern mystery novels than this type of book shows in my reaction to the finding of the body - I thought: thank goodness he didn't shoot her in the head! The hole in the skull would have been hard to explain. But what about the rib bones that would have broken? But of course, there was no evidence of foul play.
Despite this interesting twist, Max is still a bad husband in my books. Maxim’s apparent confusion over Mrs deW2’s quietness and solitary nature don’t explain why he treated her like a pet or did not realise it would have been a good idea to tell his wife he loved her earlier on in their relationship. We see that he married her for her innocence (and this obviously outweighed his need for a good housekeeper for Manderley. Although I doubt that love for his house too, because he never attempted to show Mrs deW2 how to manage stuff).
It was frustrating that Mrs deW2 basically sat there going “la la la, he doesn’t love Rebecca, la la la” while her husband told her he was a murderer. But somehow knowing Rebecca was not a competition to her gave Mrs deW2 more power in her relationships with the household staff. I'm not sure I buy Mrs deW2's sudden adulthood. I bet she still acts like a child in the rest of the story - I still find her whole character slightly unconvincing actually. It's like she's more of a symbol of innocence rather than a whole person.
I certainly look forward to seeing how Mrs Danvers will react to the news of Rebecca's body being found - she's certain to suspect Maxim I think. Will there be another murder?
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And I've just realised I'm away for the last two days of the book discussions! Nooooo. I'll have the book and my laptop with me so fingers crossed for airport/hotel wi-fi.