History Literature / TheMoonstone

4th Jan '18 12:23:28 AM PaulA
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* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins: From the point of view of the characters at the start of the book, at least, before they learn that the Indians were far from the most villainous people involving in going after the Moonstone... ]]
4th Jan '18 12:22:03 AM PaulA
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* QuicksandSucks: The Shivering Sand. Dangerous, but not an impossible trap. It's used by a certain character to [[spoiler:hide an incriminating piece of evidence, using a locked box and a chain, and to commit suicide]].
** 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.

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* QuicksandSucks: The Shivering Sand. Dangerous, but not an impossible trap. It's used by a certain character to [[spoiler:hide an incriminating piece of evidence, using a locked box and a chain, and to commit suicide]].
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suicide]]. 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. does.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Herncastle acquired the Moonstone, under circumstances implied to be suspicious and shameful, while looting Seringapatam after the siege of 1799. Collins may well have been thinking of the (at the time of the book's writing) much more recent looting of other Indian artefacts by British soldiers during the Indian Mutiny.

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Herncastle acquired the Moonstone, under circumstances implied to be suspicious and shameful, while looting Seringapatam after the siege of 1799. Collins may well have been thinking of the (at the time of the book's writing) much more recent looting of other Indian artefacts by British soldiers during the Indian Mutiny.



* RunningGag: Betteredge's firm conviction that the answers to all of life's problems can be found within the pages of ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'', and him consulting it as though it were the Bible.

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Betteredge's firm conviction that the answers to all of life's problems can be found within the pages of ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'', and him consulting it as though it were the Bible.



* UnbuiltTrope: General Herncastle's GenreSavvy way of protecting himself from the three Indians over the years by legally engineering matters so the Moonstone will be broken up by jewellers if he is killed, in stark contrast to how many later stories would treat this sort of thing as an inevitable curse.

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General Herncastle's GenreSavvy way of protecting himself from the three Indians over the years by legally engineering matters so the Moonstone will be broken up by jewellers if he is killed, in stark contrast to how many later stories would treat this sort of thing as an inevitable curse.
3rd Jan '18 5:20:37 PM Thande
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** Betteredge has several discussions with other characters about [[SocietyMarchesOn whether more democracy is a good thing or not]], which probably reflects the serial being written around the time of the passage of the Second Great Reform Act (1867) which expanded the voting franchise in the UK.
3rd Jan '18 5:10:57 PM Thande
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* [[spoiler: TheBadGuyWins: From the point of view of the characters at the start of the book, at least, before they learn that the Indians were far from the most villainous people involving in going after the Moonstone... ]]



* FamedInStory: Sergeant Cuff, who is known for discreetly solving various embarrassing conundrums the wealthy are faced with.



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The way the Indians unerringly track the Moonstone, at one point appearing to divine its location using a drop of ink in the palm of a hypnotised boy, although Mr. Murthwaite dismisses this as just for show.



* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Herncastle acquired the Moonstone, under circumstances implied to be suspicious and shameful, while looting Seringapatam after the siege of 1799. Collins may well have been thinking of the (at the time of the book's writing) much more recent looting of other Indian artefacts by British soldiers during the Indian Mutiny.
* RunningGag: Betteredge's firm conviction that the answers to all of life's problems can be found within the pages of ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'', and him consulting it as though it were the Bible.
** Sergeant Cuff's obsession with roses, and in particular his never-ending SeriousBusiness argument with the Verinders' gardener about the best way to grow dog-roses.



* UnbuiltTrope: General Herncastle's GenreSavvy way of protecting himself from the three Indians over the years by legally engineering matters so the Moonstone will be broken up by jewellers if he is killed, in stark contrast to how many later stories would treat this sort of thing as an inevitable curse.
** Sergeant Cuff feels like a deconstruction of the GreatDetective trope as he is FamedInStory but, though doing much better than any other investigator for most of the story, fails to solve the mystery alone. However, he is arguably the first example of a FamedInStory GreatDetective in English literature!




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* YearX: An interesting aversion compared to many contemporary works, instead giving exact dates for the story in the years 1848 and 1849 (about twenty years before it was written). Oddly, it never mentions the European revolutions of 1848 despite Drusilla Clack going to live in France and Franklin Blake also travelling through Europe at the time.
6th Oct '17 2:02:38 AM john_e
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* ExplosiveResults: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]]. Rachel's guardian Mrs Merridew is convinced that any scientific experiment will inevitably end in an explosion. Becomes a BrickJoke when Rachel needs to get her out of the way in a hurry, and achieves this by telling her the explosion's imminent.
26th Sep '17 4:04:02 AM john_e
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* GenkiGirl: Godfrey's sisters, whom Betteredge calls 'the Bouncers'.
-->Everything the Miss Ablewhites said began with a large O; everything they did was done with a bang; and they giggled and screamed, in season and out of season, on the smallest provocation.
20th Nov '16 4:34:04 PM vifetoile
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* MineralMacGuffin: The Moonstone itself, a large yellow diamond. Though beautiful and valuable, it has a flaw at its heart that reduces its value; the stone would have to be cut up for someone to reap a ''real'' profit from it - and the three Indian priests are concerned with the stone remaining whole.
10th Nov '16 2:34:25 PM john_e
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* SexyShirtSwitch: It's hinted at in the book, but this adaptation makes it quite clear that Rosanna is turned on when she has to conceal [[spoiler:Franklin]]'s nightgown by wearing it under her clothes.
4th Nov '16 5:07:24 PM john_e
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* AllStarCast: Including Greg Wise, Keeley Hawes, Terrence Hardiman, Antony Sher and Peter Vaughan.




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* RealSongThemeTune: The beginning of the fourth movement of Schumann's Symphony No. 4.
4th Nov '16 1:48:00 PM john_e
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* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: Unlike in the book, [[spoiler:Rachel and Franklin]] aren't immediately reconciled by Ezra Jennings's experiment, and continue to suspect each other until the truth finally comes out.
* ComfortingComforter: [[spoiler:Rachel to Franklin, when he]] falls asleep at the end of Ezra Jennings's experiment.


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* NarratorAllAlong: Each episode opens with the backstory of the diamond, told as a puppet show. At the end of the last episode, it's revealed that the show was being presented by [[spoiler:Franklin and Rachel's BabiesEverAfter]].


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* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Ezra Jennings.]]
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