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Quote #1

"You see," [Beatrice] said, […] "you are so very different from Rebecca." (9.169)

Beatrice, we have reason to believe, means this judgment as a compliment. However, Mrs. de Winter is obsessed with the idea that Rebecca was superior to her, so she assumes the worst. In her mind, everyone is judging her and it's not going well.

Quote #2

I wondered why I minded that, and why the thought of the servants talking about it in the kitchen should cause me such distress. It must be that I had a small mean mind, a conventional, petty hatred of gossip. (18.3)

Mrs. de Winter is extremely preoccupied with the judgments that workers and servants might be making about her. Maybe this is because she considers them more truthful, or better judges of character than wealthier people.

Quote #3

"The woman buried in the crypt is not Rebecca," he said. "It's the body of some unknown woman, unclaimed, belonging nowhere. There never was an accident. Rebecca was not drowned at all. I killed her. I shot Rebecca in the cottage in the cove." (19.224)

Yowza. The theme of justice and judgment is getting more serious now. Maxim is waiting to learn how Mrs. de Winter judges him for the act, while readers are struggling to understand their own judgments of Maxim up to this point.

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