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Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious and cursed yellow diamond. Eliot called it 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels'. It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre, including a crime being investigated by talented amateurs who happen to be present when it is committed, and two police officers who exemplify respectively the 'Scotland Yard bungler' and the skilled, professional detective. Free Public Domain eBooks Download. Your email address will not be published. Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone. Download EPUB.
The present study isolates a stratum of meaning not heretofore addressed. As we shall find, TheMoonstone develops a profound approach to the classical problem of eudaemonia or the achievement of happiness in life.
There are, of course, numerous pronouncements in the novel concerning the problem of pain in life. Consider first Sergeant Cuff: Human life, Mr. Betteredge, is always a sort of target — misfortune is always firing at it, and always hitting the mark" Similarly, according to the "the Betteredge philosophy," "we are all of us more or less unwilling to be brought into the world.
And we are all of us right" A more extreme assessment is 66volume 28 number I Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone provided, as we shall see later, by EzraJennings' "melancholy view of life [which] led him to place the conditions of human happiness in complete oblivion of the past" Since the problem of pain in life involves the issue of what happens to character in the course of Hving, the most convenient introduction to this aspect of the novel is provided by TS.
Eliot's remarks concerning the fusion of melodrama and fate in the work of Wilkie Collins: According to Eliot, whereas melodrama offers "improbability, simply for the sake of seeing the thrilling situation which arises in consequence," fate entails a more intimate relation of character and event; that which happens is no longer external to a character, and relevant only as circumstances to be confronted, mastered, or endured Instead, that which happens to a character is the medium though which his or her meaning or moral value is tested and disclosed: EzraJennings, the character who, because of his opium addiction and medical history of chronic pain, is traditionally identified with the author, Wilkie Collins, foregrounds the question of fate: This notion of "human destiny" as an influence or direction impinging equally on all who live, is not, to invoke Cassirer's words from a different context, "concerned with a single theoretical problem, however general in its scope" 9.
Instead, the notion of destiny, formulated at this level of abstraction, involves the attempt to iUuminate the ultimate purpose of human life. Precisely this notion informs the motivation of the Indians in the novel, who are dedicated to recovering the Moonstone and restoring it to its position in the forehead of the idol of the Moon god.
In the Indian scheme, individual life is construed in terms of a supervenient imperative to which the intrinsic significance of any individual is subordinated: The Commisioner of police private life was unconventional; he had two mistresses and sends Sergeant Cuff.
He is mainly concerned about a married neither of them, although he had three children smear on the door and looks for the dress that may have by one of them, Martha Rudd. He died in He believes it is Rosannas dress. Gabriel and he follow her to the Yollands house where they are told Summary she is planning to escape. The Moonstone, written in , is one of the greatest Pages Cuff discovers Rosanna has bought cloth detective stories every written.
The story begins in , to make a gown to hide the smear. Miss Rachel leaves the when an Englishman, John Herncastle, steals a huge house to live with her aunt, Mrs Ablewhite in Fritzing yellow diamond from a Muslim palace in India. The Hall. Cuff and Gabriel find out Rosanna committed ancient diamond, called the Moonstone, had originally suicide in the Shivering Sands. Lady Herncastle, Rachel been in the possession of Hindu priests.
The stone was and Franklin leave to London. The detective novel: The Moonstone first appeared in Pages This part of the story is narrated by Miss serial form in a magazine in It was hugely popular Clack. She explains how Mr Godfrey has received a and readers anxiously awaited the next installment. There had written the first full-length detective novel.
The book he is attacked. Nothing is stolen but an Oriental Book. Lady Herncastle informs unexpected ending. The poet TS Eliot called the story the her niece, Miss Clack, that she is very ill and asks her to first, the longest and the best of modern English detective witness the signing of her will.
Wilkie Collins was an undisputed master of this Pages Godfrey proposes to Rachel and she genre, and a previous novel of his, The Woman in White accepts him.
Lady Herncastle dies. In her will, she names written in this style, had also enjoyed great success. Godfreys father as Rachels legal adviser.
Collinss advice to novelists, Make them laugh, make Later, after talking to Mr Bruff, her mothers lawyer, she them cry, make them wait, was advice that he himself breaks the engagement saying she is in love with another observed to the full. Godfreys father feels insulted and decides not to Types of narrators: The Moonstone has a clever, intricate be Rachels adviser.
Mr Bruff has learnt Godfrey wants to plot. Like The Woman in White, the story is told by marry Rachel for financial reasons, informs her of this, different narrators, under the direction of Franklin Blake and so she breaks the engagement. Franklin Blake is Rachel Verinders cousin Pages This part of the story is narrated by and is in love with her. In this way, the reader is given Franklin Blake. He is truly in love with Rachel but, even different views of the same characters and this adds to though she feels the same way, she refuses to see him.
The solution to the mystery of So, he is decided to find the thief who stole the stone. The last Franklin gets a letter from Rosanna. In it, Franklin finds thing the reader expects is that Franklin Blake, the editor instructions that lead him to find his own nightgown with of the novel, should be the culprit, the person who takes a smear of paint.
This has led Rosanna to believe he is the the Moonstone. But there is a further twist to this, again thief but, as she loves him, decides to hide the evidence. All the clues to the theft are All this is a shock to Franklin as he is sure he has not carefully embedded in the story; it is simply that you do taken the Moonstone.
He goes to London and sees Rachel not see them as relevant. It is only at the end of the story who confesses she has seen him taking the Moonstone.
Franklin goes to see Dr Candy who wants to meets him Characters: Collins portrayal of minor characters in but, Dr Candy is very ill and cannot recall what he needed the novel is interesting. He portrays servants with great Franklin for.
For Pages Ezra Jennings, Dr Candys assistant, example, Rosanna, the maidservant who falls under suggests an experiment with opium to help Franklin suspicion for the theft, is described as ugly, with a remember everything that happened the night of Rachels misshapen shoulder. To her misfortune, she falls in love birthday. The experiment proves Franklin took the with Franklin Blake, who has no interest in her at all.
But Moonstone while under the effects of opium. Sergeant her unhappiness is described with compassion; we are Cuff discovers after following some clues, that Godfrey made to feel that this is a real person deserving of love, was the one who took the Moonstone from Franklins despite her lowly status.
Another minor character who room because of his financial difficulties when he appears draws our attention is Miss Clack, a relative of Rachel dead, killed by one of the Indians who recovers the stone and narrator of a section of the novel. A religious fanatic, and takes it back to India.
Student A: You are Franklin Blake.
Tell Betteridge Opium: The author incorporated his experiences with about your fears for the Moonstone and for Rachel. Tell Franklin about the play a key part in the story. In The Moonstone, a doctor, three Indians who came to the house.
Tell him about Ezra Jennings, is dying from a painful disease for which he the shadow you saw and the bottle of black ink on the ground. Thus, he understands its effects and is able 7 Discuss: Get students to explain the relationships to help unravel the mystery. Pages Moonstone detective locked up Before reading house maidservant curse India jewel 8 Discuss: Ask students to discuss and say what they Three Hindus disappearance know about these people: 2 Pair work: Get students to read the first paragraph Godfrey Ablewhite Dr Candy Mr Murthwaite in the introduction.
Ask them to put the lines below into the right order to continue the information While reading presented in it. Then ask them to read the second and 9 Discuss: Ask students to discuss in groups the third paragraphs of the Introduction and correct their relevance of the following words in the story so far: answer.
Discuss f stole the beautiful Moonstone from India and he your suspicions about the theft of the Moonstone knew that with your colleague. Student B: You are a colleague of Superintendent h old man, he leaves a jewel to his niece, Rachel Seegrave he is your superior. Discuss the case of the Verinder, Moonstone with him. Listen to his ideas and offer i for her your own.
Then have a whole Do you believe in curses? Have you ever heard of any story in which magic and a Why is Franklin nervous on Rachels birthday?
One of during the birthday dinner? Franklin Blake. Ask them to act out the conversation e Why cant the Indians have stolen the diamond?