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20th Dec '15 11:33:06 AM kevymetal
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The first novel of John Fowles (who was later to write ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' and ''The Magus''). Published in 1963, it tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a butterfly-collecting maniac who wins 73,091 pounds in a lottery and uses the money in an elaborate kidnapping of a beautiful young art student, Miranda Grey, whom he has been stalking from afar for months. Frederick purchases a lonely house in the country and imprisons Miranda in [[GildedCage a luxuriously furnished, inescapable room in the cellar]], where he showers her with gifts and admiration in the hopes that she will come to love him as much as he loves her.

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The first novel of John Fowles (who was later to write ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' and ''The Magus'').''Literature/TheMagus''). Published in 1963, it tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a butterfly-collecting maniac who wins 73,091 pounds in a lottery and uses the money in an elaborate kidnapping of a beautiful young art student, Miranda Grey, whom he has been stalking from afar for months. Frederick purchases a lonely house in the country and imprisons Miranda in [[GildedCage a luxuriously furnished, inescapable room in the cellar]], where he showers her with gifts and admiration in the hopes that she will come to love him as much as he loves her.
18th Sep '15 5:03:12 AM Morgenthaler
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11th Jun '15 1:20:28 PM Bergamot
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* RuleOfSymbolism: Frederick's only hobby is collecting butterflies. He studies their habits and environments so that he can hunt and capture them easily, then locks them away so that he can take them out and admire them whenever he wants. [[spoilers: But of course, the only way to keep them forever is to kill them.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Frederick's only hobby is collecting butterflies. He studies their habits and environments so that he can hunt and capture them easily, then locks them away so that he can take them out and admire them whenever he wants. [[spoilers: [[spoiler: But of course, the only way to keep them forever is to kill them.]]
11th Jun '15 1:19:20 PM Bergamot
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The first novel of John Fowles (who was later to write ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' and ''The Magus''). Published in 1963, it tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a butterfly-collecting maniac who won 73,091 pounds and bought a house in the wilderness only to kidnap Miranda Grey, she being the girl whom he had stalked for a long time.

He imprisons her in a luxuriously furnished cellar. The story, shaped very much like a thriller, is told both from the viewpoint of the kidnapper and of his victim. It consists mainly of dialogues between the two, in which Frederick tries to talk Miranda to marrying him and she attempts to persuade him to let her out. The plot is simple, but contrasting personalities of frighteningly quiet, barbaric Frederick and impatient Miranda, who is a student of art and a novice painter, produces a lot of tension.

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The first novel of John Fowles (who was later to write ''Literature/TheFrenchLieutenantsWoman'' and ''The Magus''). Published in 1963, it tells the story of Frederick Clegg, a butterfly-collecting maniac who won wins 73,091 pounds in a lottery and bought a house in uses the wilderness only to kidnap money in an elaborate kidnapping of a beautiful young art student, Miranda Grey, she being the girl whom he had stalked has been stalking from afar for months. Frederick purchases a long time.

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lonely house in the country and imprisons her Miranda in [[GildedCage a luxuriously furnished cellar. furnished, inescapable room in the cellar]], where he showers her with gifts and admiration in the hopes that she will come to love him as much as he loves her.

The story, shaped very much like a thriller, is told both from the viewpoint of the kidnapper and of his victim. It consists mainly The first half of dialogues between the two, novel is narrated in which first-person by Frederick tries to talk Miranda to marrying him as he coldly, logically, and ''convincingly'' explains his rationalization to the reader. The second half switches to Miranda's diary as she attempts to persuade him to let desperately chronicles her out. The plot is simple, but contrasting personalities of frighteningly quiet, barbaric terror, her frantic efforts to reason with her unreasonable kidnapper, her failed escape attempts, and her growing despair--before swapping back to Frederick and impatient Miranda, who is a student of art and a novice painter, produces a lot of tension.
for the book's sobering conclusion.



* RuleOfSymbolism: Frederick's only hobby is collecting butterflies. He catches them by himself. He likes to look at them, because they are beautiful. And he makes them harm.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: Frederick's only hobby is collecting butterflies. He catches studies their habits and environments so that he can hunt and capture them by himself. He likes to look at them, because they are beautiful. And he makes easily, then locks them harm.away so that he can take them out and admire them whenever he wants. [[spoilers: But of course, the only way to keep them forever is to kill them.]]
** Prior to the kidnapping, he keeps track of his Miranda sightings in the same diary where he records sightings of rare butterflies.
11th Jun '15 1:03:29 PM Bergamot
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* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Miranda has the name of the beautiful daughter of Prospero from ''Theatre/TheTempest'' by Shakespeare. She also nicknames her kidnapper 'Caliban', though he tells her that his name is Ferdinand (he just happens to like this name).

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* ShoutOutThemeNaming: Miranda has the name of the beautiful daughter of Prospero from ''Theatre/TheTempest'' by Shakespeare. She also nicknames her kidnapper 'Caliban', though he tells 'Caliban'.
** Fredrick convinces
her that his real name is Ferdinand (he Ferdinand, who is Miranda's beloved in the play. He chooses the name partially to disguise his real name (Miranda has just happens learned his initials) and partially because he's liked the name since childhood, but he doesn't seem to like this name).recognize the irony in using it now.
2nd Nov '14 11:58:55 AM Aquila89
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* AbductionIsLove: Deconstructed. Frederick kidnaps Miranda with the hope that she might fall for him one day. But their relationship, instead of improving, turns worse and worse. Frederick loses his respect for Miranda after she tries to seduce him in the hope that he might let him go after they have sex. He begins to abuse his position, and Miranda, who previously pitied Frederick, comes to fully hate him.
1st Nov '14 11:08:22 PM gallium
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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: Miranda dies and Frederick has set his eyes on a new victim.]]

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* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: Miranda DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Miranda dies and Frederick has set his eyes on a new victim.]]
24th May '14 11:51:03 PM gallium
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It was adapted for film in 1965, directed by Creator/WilliamWyler, starring Creator/TerenceStamp and Samantha Eggar.
24th Nov '13 11:54:31 AM Ximei
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* ClingyJealousGuy: Frederick is very jealous and upset when he sees Miranda in the company of young men. Sometimes, his strong jealousy determines him to fantasize about hitting her.

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* ClingyJealousGuy: CrazyJealousGuy: Frederick is very jealous and upset when he sees Miranda in the company of young men. Sometimes, his strong jealousy determines him to fantasize about hitting her.
24th Nov '13 11:53:54 AM Ximei
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* ClingyJealousGuy: Frederick is very jealous and upset when he sees Miranda in the company of young men. Sometimes, his strong jealousy determines him to fantasize about hitting her.
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