History Literature / TheMoonstone

7th Jun '16 1:32:31 PM roxana
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* KissingCousins: Both of Rachel's suitors are her first cousins.

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* KissingCousins: Both of Rachel's Rachel seems unaware that there are eligible young men in England who are ''not'' related to her. The only suitors she considers in the entire book are her two first cousins.
8th May '16 3:27:01 PM vifetoile
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* HiddenVillain: [[spoiler: Godfrey Ablewhite, who seemed the most trustworthy, pious, and charitable of all (at least, he fooled the various narrators) was a whited sepulcher, who sought to marry Miss Rachel and stole her precious jewel to relieve his ill-gotten debts.]]

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* HiddenVillain: [[spoiler: Godfrey Ablewhite, Godfrey, who seemed the most trustworthy, pious, and charitable of all (at least, he fooled the various narrators) was a whited sepulcher, who sought to marry Miss Rachel and stole her precious jewel to relieve his ill-gotten debts.narrators).]]
8th May '16 3:25:58 PM vifetoile
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* BlackSheep: General Herncastle, Rachel's wicked uncle.

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* BlackSheep: General Herncastle, Rachel's wicked uncle. He committed many crimes in India as a soldier, and for that and other reasons he is ''persona non grata'' to the rest of the family. His gift to Rachel is so unexpected it's immediately suspicious.



* HiddenVillain

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* HiddenVillainHiddenVillain: [[spoiler: Godfrey Ablewhite, who seemed the most trustworthy, pious, and charitable of all (at least, he fooled the various narrators) was a whited sepulcher, who sought to marry Miss Rachel and stole her precious jewel to relieve his ill-gotten debts.]]
13th Jan '16 5:18:57 PM PaulA
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* JerkassWoobie: Miss Clack. Unlikeable as she is she is trapped by 19th century convention in a position of permanent poverty, social exclusion and dependency.



* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Rosanna Spearman. Ezra Jennings too has clearly had a tough life.

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* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Rosanna Spearman. Ezra Jennings too has clearly had a tough life.
13th Jan '16 2:16:46 PM roxana
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13th Jan '16 2:15:51 PM roxana
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* JerkassWoobie: Miss Clack. Unlikeable as she is she is trapped by 19th century convention in a position of permanent poverty, social exclusion and dependency.



* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Rosanna Spearman. Ezra Jennings has clearly had a tough life too.




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* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Rosanna Spearman. Ezra Jennings too has clearly had a tough life.
13th Jan '16 2:10:26 PM roxana
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* TheWoobie: Poor, poor Rosanna Spearman. Ezra Jennings has clearly had a tough life too.
23rd Jan '15 7:42:51 PM vifetoile
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** Actually a more realistic take on the trope, as the Shivering Sand is closer to a tidal mudflat, which is very dangerous and acts a bit more like quicksand-in-tropeland than quicksand in reality does.
2nd Apr '14 3:48:00 PM Vilui
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The novel is noteworthy not only for codifying, if not originating, many DetectiveFiction tropes, but for being a compelling work of social critique and examination. The narrators include the butler to an aristocratic house, a penniless spinster with a Vocation, and a doctor who is explicitly of mixed race. These are all characters on the fringe of Society, yet Collins gives them voices and important roles in observing and reporting the stories' action. He also touches deftly on themes of imperialism and colonialism, as well as medicine and drug addiction.

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The novel is noteworthy not only for codifying, if not originating, many DetectiveFiction tropes, but for being a compelling work of social critique and examination. The narrators include the butler to an aristocratic house, a penniless spinster with a Vocation, and a doctor who is explicitly of mixed race. These are all characters on the fringe of Society, yet Collins gives them voices and important roles in observing and reporting the stories' story's action. He also touches deftly on themes of imperialism and colonialism, as well as medicine and drug addiction.
3rd Mar '14 3:59:19 PM vifetoile
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* ShipperOnDeck: A ShippingWar InUniverse, no less! Early in the book, Betteredge and his daughter, Penelope, butt heads over whether Rachel covets Godfrey Ablewhite's affections (Betteredge's view) or Franklin Blake (Penelope's).

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* ShipperOnDeck: A ShippingWar Shipping War InUniverse, no less! Early in the book, Betteredge and his daughter, Penelope, butt heads over whether Rachel covets Godfrey Ablewhite's affections (Betteredge's view) or Franklin Blake (Penelope's).



* StealthInsult: Sergeant Cuff says to Gabriel Betteredge that he fancies himself to be tender-hearted towards the physically disabled (i.e. Rosanna Spearman)... and that, as Betteredge is being a little slow on the uptake, adds that Cuff feels rather tender-hearted towards Betteredge.

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* StealthInsult: Sergeant Cuff says to Gabriel Betteredge that he fancies himself to be tender-hearted towards the physically disabled (i.e. Rosanna Spearman)... and that, then, seeing that as Betteredge is being a little slow on the uptake, Cuff adds that Cuff he feels rather tender-hearted towards Betteredge.
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