by Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca Death Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
The house was a sepulchre, our fear and suffering lay buried in the ruins. There would be no resurrection. (1.12)
A sepulchre (or sepulcher) is a tomb or a grave. In this early passage, Manderley, which we later learn has burned down, is envisioned by the narrator as a grave for Mrs. de Winter's fear and suffering, which (she hopes!) won't come back to life.
"It's Max de Winter," she said, "the man who owns Manderley. You've heard of it, of course. He looks ill, doesn't he? They say he can't get over his wife's death..." (2.22)
That's true, Mrs. Van Hopper – he can't. But it's not for the reasons Mrs. Van Hopper or the soon to be Mrs. de Winter can imagine.
"Haven't you any family?"
"No – they're dead." (4.31-32)
Maxim quickly establishes that the soon to be Mrs. de Winter is an orphan. This will make marrying her nice and convenient. He also sees this as a point in common with her, considering that his own parents (and his wife) are all dead, too.