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by Wilkie Collins
Events / Second Period, Narrative 3, Chapter 3
The Moonstone Second Period, Narrative 3, Chapter 3 Summary
Franklin and Betteredge arrive at the Yollands' house, and Lucy immediately goes upstairs to get Rosanna's letter. She's not very polite to Franklin – she clearly still blames him for Rosanna's suicide. Rosanna's letter tells him that, if he wants to know why she behaved so strangely toward him, he must go to the Shivering Sand around the time of the tide change. She gives him precise directions about which rocks to go to. He'll have to reach over the edge of the rocks and into the quicksand, and he'll find a chain. He should pull the chain and find the box. Franklin and Betteredge immediately set off for the Shivering Sand – they have an hour to get there before the tide changes. When they get there, Betteredge lets Franklin search for the box alone, since that's what Rosanna would have wanted. Franklin crawls along the rocks, following Rosanna's instructions, and finds the box she described. Inside, there's a letter and a linen nightgown. The nightgown has the paint smear on it! Before looking at the letter, Franklin checks to see if the nightgown has the owner's name stitched into it. It does! And…the name on the nightgown is FRANKLIN BLAKE. He doesn't know what to think – does this mean that HE stole the Moonstone?
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