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Rebecca

Rebecca

by Daphne du Maurier

Sex Quotes

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Quote #1

"That's what I do to Jasper […] I'm being like Jasper now, leaning against him. He pats me now and again, when he remembers, and I'm pleased, I get closer to him for a moment. He likes me in the way I like Jasper." (9.131)

Jasper, as you probably remember, is the dog. So, what does this have to do with sex? Well, Mrs. de Winter is thinking about the way Maxim touches her without passion. This probably extends to their sex life as well.

Quote #2

I've come into this room time and time again and seen him, in his shirt sleeves, with the two brushes in his hand. "Harder, Max, harder," she would say, laughing up at him, and he would do as she told him. (14.23)

Wait a second: this doesn't really have to do with sex. It's just about Maxim brushing Rebecca's hair. But still, there something sexual about Mrs. de Winter's description, isn't there?

Quote #3

"She looked beautiful in this velvet. Put it against your face. It's soft, isn't it? You can feel it, can't you? The scent is still fresh, isn't it? You could almost imagine she had only just taken it off. I would always know when she had been before me in a room. There would be a little whiff of her scent in the room." (14.27)

The Production Code Administration at the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America deemed this aspect of the scene, where Mrs. Danvers gives Mrs. de Winter a tour of Rebecca's room, too sexually suggestive to stay in Alfred Hitchcock's film version. Why do you think this might be?

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