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Table of Contents Plot Overview The Moonstone opens with a written account of the large, yellow, Moonstone diamond, sacred to Hindus as the centerpiece in their idol of the god of the Moon. It has been commanded that three Brahmin priests must always guard the stone.
John Herncastle, while fighting for the British Army in India inkilled the three Brahmins who were then guarding the diamond and took it back to England with him.
The novel shifts forward to the mids. Gabriel Betteredge, steward to Lady Verinder, born Julia Herncastle, has been asked by Franklin Blake, Lady Verinder's nephew, to write a full account of the events surrounding the theft of the Moonstone from Lady Verinder's house.
Sir John Herncastle, a dishonorable man and family outcast, has left the Moonstone to Lady Verinder's daughter Rachel to be given to her on The moonstone commentary eighteenth birthday.
Franklin Blake has been appointed to deliver the diamond. Franklin suspects that John Herncastle knew that his life was in danger because of the Moonstone and that John had willed the ill-fated diamond to Rachel as a gesture of malice towards Lady Verinder.
Franklin's suspicions are further roused when he notices Indian men following him, both in London and at Lady Verinder's country estate. On the night of Rachel's birthday, her cousin Godfrey Ablewhite, a famous philanthropist, arrives and proposes marriage to her.
Rachel, obviously in love with Franklin, refuses him. Franklin presents her with the diamond, which she wears through a dinner party and then places in her sitting room overnight.
In the morning, the diamond is gone and Superintendent Seegrave of the local police is called. Rachel acts strangely, refusing to help with the investigation and treats Franklin harshly. Seegrave proves himself inept, and Franklin calls for the famed Sergeant Cuff of London to take over the case.
Cuff suspects Rosanna Spearman, a housemaid of Lady Verinder's and a reformed thief, of having played a part in the theft. Cuff believes that Rosanna was working in cooperation with Rachel Verinder, who stole her own diamond to pay personal debts.
Several days after the theft, Cuff tracks Rosanna and finds that she has gone to great pains to hide a package and has then committed suicide.
Lady Verinder's household is in disarray at the startling news of Rosanna's death and the incredible news of Cuff's suspicion of honest Rachel.
Cuff is dismissed from the case, and Lady Verinder moves her household to London in hopes of distracting Rachel, who seems distraught, but will not explain herself. Miss Clack, a satirical character of hypocritical piety, contributes the next narrative in London and describes the circumstances under which Rachel reluctantly agreed to marry Godfrey Ablewhite and then broke off the engagement.
Bruff, the family lawyer, next explains that Rachel broke off the engagement because she had information that Godfrey intended to marry her for money Lady Verinder has recently died, and Rachel is now an heiress. Bruff also notes the continued presence of the Indians in London, who seem to have tracked the diamond to the bank of one moneylender, Septimus Luker, to whom the diamond seems to have been pledged.
Franklin Blake, the next narrator, describes his discovery that Rosanna Spearman has left a letter to him that explains the motivation of her suicide—she was in love with him and had concealed evidence that he was the thief of the Moonstone. But she killed herself when he continued to ignore her.
Franklin is astounded—he has no memory of taking the gem, but an interview with Rachel confirms that she saw Franklin take the gem with her own eyes. Franklin continues investigating, hoping to clear his name.
Ezra Jennings, assistant to Lady Verinder's doctor, Dr.Warning: this annotation reveals the solution of the novel's mystery. The Moonstone is typically read as one of the first detective novels in British fiction.
Published serially in , the novel sets out to identify the thief who steals an expensive gem, the moonstone, from the heroine, Rachel Verinder. Moonstone is considered a sacred healing crystal that manifests peace and harmony within the body and spirit.
Resonating the power and mystery of the moon, it strengthens your connection to your inner goddess. After The Moonstone, he wrote novels containing more overt social commentary which did not achieve the same audience. A heavily fictionalised account of Collins' life while writing The Moonstone forms much of the plot of Dan Simmons' novel Drood.
Commentaryon the passage from Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone is taken from chapter four of the narrative. Jul 11, · In The Moonstone, however, Collins pulls a cool trick.
He sections off the novel, and uses a different narrator for each. He sections off the novel, and uses a different narrator for each. The basic problem is the Moonstone, a yellow diamond from India taken back to England, has disappeared.
Commentary on Collins’s Choice of Narrators in The Moonstone Posted on January 30, by Heather Flynn One of the elements of The Moonstone that I have found myself most interested in is Collins’s choice of speakers.