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Rebecca chapters 13-15 - There's always time for a book
Rebecca chapters 13-15
I know the descriptions of plants and birds and so on is annoying some readers but I'm still enjoying it. I think Du Maurier is doing a fantastic job at creating a sense of place. I found myself enjoying the sunny day (and the absence of Maxim) with Mrs deW2.

We get more clues that Rebecca was mean, a snakelike woman from the Idiot at the beach. And we find out that she has a super dodgy cousin, Mr Favell.

When Mrs deW2 refers to a buoy in the bay, is she talking about a buoy that bobs around and guides people? Or a life-ring off the boat? Because if it's the latter why is it left lying around to remind everyone of the tragedy?

Frank is again referred to fondly, I'm starting to wonder if the male companion in the narrator's future is Frank.

Mrs Danvers' is obsessed with Rebecca in a super creepy, yet also pathetic, way. I like that we got to understand more about her motivations in disapproving of Mrs deW2. She seemed less skull-like in the past. Max also sounded quite nice when Rebecca was alive, if Mrs Danvers' account is anything to go by. He paid attention to his wife, her appearance and apparently was more cheery. Strange that we have some signs that Rebecca brought out the best in some people but was disliked by others.

A random and minor inconsistency that annoyed me: Mrs deW2 is suprised when Mr Favell calls Maxim Max, and thinks "no one calls him Max", but back in an earlier chapter we were told Rebecca called him Max (in the inscription in the poetry book). Then she remembers it - very strange that she forgot temporarily. I like how this tied Favell and Rebecca together, though.

Bookshelves of Doom has more discussions on these chapters.

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: November 21st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think a buoy anchored to bob around. (It will be a story point.)
emmaco From: emmaco Date: November 21st, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oooooh, A Clue!

That's what I think of as a buoy, but later on there was something that made me change my mind, I'm too lazy to go check now...
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2007 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw the old movie of this earlier this year, and between that and your descriptions actually want to read the book now (for some reason that famous first line put me off).

Rebecca always strikes me as cut from the same block as Katie Scarlett.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: November 22nd, 2007 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't thought about the Scarlett-Rebecca comparison. But you're right, there are similarities!

I was going to encourage you to read the book, then warn you away from these spoilerish descriptions, but as you've already seen the movie...
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 21st, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Here, here!

Well, I second the part about enjoying the absence of Maxim!

I'm assuming that by "buoy" the author meant "mooring"--as in the permanently-anchored floaty ball you tie a boat to. As opposed to anchored floaty balls that mark race courses ("marks") or channels or navigation ("channel markers"). All types of buoys, I guess. Private moorings are often painted distinctive colors (like striped green) so other people know they're reserved and don't pick them up.

I'm also very interested by the different ways Rebecca treated people. Nice to her servants and old ladies, but cruel to the village idiot. And you may be on to something about Mrs. De W2 and Frank. She definitely percieves him as being more of her station--a gently-born servant.
emmaco From: emmaco Date: November 22nd, 2007 04:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Here, here!

Thank-you for the nautical info , Captain Elizabeth!
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