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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #1

We have no secrets now from one another. (2.5)

Mrs. de Winter is referring to her present life with Maxim, an unspecified number of years after the events at Manderley that make up the bulk of the story. Given what you know about Maxim and Mrs. de Winter's history of secrets, do you think this is true? Notice also that in practically the same thought, Mrs. de Winter lets us know she won't tell Maxim about her dream of Manderley. Hmm.

Quote #2

"'You've never seen me here, and you won't again. If I catch you looking at me through the windows here I'll have you put to the asylum,' she said. 'You wouldn't like that would you? They're cruel to people in the asylum,' she said. 'I won't say nothing, M'am,' I said." (13.48)

Wow. Ben is suddenly very articulate. Ben claims that Rebecca threatened him, but Mrs. de Winter doesn't put this together until later. All things considered, the possibility exists that Ben also witnessed Rebecca's murder, or some phase of it. His dislike for Rebecca provides a good motive for his possible participation in the cover-up of her murder.

Quote #3

"By the way," [Favell] said carelessly, "it would be very sporting and grand of you if you did not mention this little visit of mine to Max? He doesn't exactly approve of me, I'm afraid; I don't know why, and it might get poor old Danny into trouble." (13.111)

Mrs. de Winter does keep Favell's secret. Frank is the one who rats him out, but Mrs. Danvers assumes that Mrs. de Winter is to blame. This probably inspires her nasty trick with the Caroline de Winter costume.

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