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Rebecca is a 1938 Gothic novel written by English author Daphne du Maurier. The novel depicts an unnamed young woman who impetuously marries a wealthy widower, before discovering that both he and his household are haunted by the memory of his late first wife, the title character. A bestseller which has never gone out of print, Rebecca sold 2.8 million copies between its publication in 1938 and 1965. It has been adapted numerous times for stage and screen, including a 1939 play by du Maurier herself, the film Rebecca (1940), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and the 2020 remake directed by Ben Wheatley for Netflix. The story is also a successful musical production. The novel is remembered for the character Mrs Danvers, the West Country estate Manderley, and its opening line: "Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again." Plot While working as the companion to a rich American woman on holiday in Monte Carlo, the unnamed narrator, a naïve young woman in her early 20s, becomes acquainted with a wealthy Englishman, Maxim de Winter, a 42-year-old widower. After a fortnight of courtship, she agrees to marry him and, after the wedding and honeymoon, accompanies him to his mansion in Cornwall, the beautiful estate Manderley. Mrs Danvers, the sinister housekeeper, was profoundly devoted to the first Mrs de Winter, Rebecca, who died in a sailing accident about a year before Maxim and the second Mrs de Winter met. She continually attempts to undermine the narrator psychologically, subtly suggesting to her that she will never attain the beauty, urbanity, and charm her predecessor possessed. Whenever the narrator attempts to make changes at Manderley, Mrs Danvers describes how Rebecca ran it when she was alive. Cowed by Mrs Danvers' imposing manner and the other members of West Country society's unwavering reverence for Rebecca, the narrator becomes isolated. The narrator is soon convinced that Maxim regrets his impetuous decision to marry her and is still deeply in love with the seemingly perfect Rebecca. In an attempt to please him, she revives the Manderley costume ball, a custom Rebecca had instated, with the help of Mrs Danvers. On her suggestion, the narrator wears a replica of the dress shown in a portrait of one of the house's former inhabitants, ignorant of the fact that Rebecca had worn the same costume to much acclaim shortly before her death. When the narrator enters the hall and Maxim sees the dress, he angrily orders her to change. Shortly after the ball, Mrs Danvers reveals her contempt for the narrator, believing she is trying to replace Rebecca, and reveals her deep, unhealthy obsession with the dead woman. Mrs Danvers tries to get the narrator to commit suicide by encouraging her to jump out of the window. However, she is interrupted before the narrator does so by the disturbance caused by a nearby shipwreck. A diver investigating the wrecked ship's hull condition also discovers the remains of Rebecca's sailing boat, with her decomposed body still on board, despite Maxim having identified another body that had washed ashore shortly after Rebecca's death. This discovery causes Maxim to confess to the narrator that his marriage to Rebecca was a sham. Rebecca, Maxim reveals, was a cruel and selfish woman who manipulated everyone around her into believing her to be the perfect wife and a paragon of virtue. On the night of her death, she told Maxim that she was pregnant with another man's child, which she would raise under the pretense that it was Maxim's, and he would be powerless to stop her. In a rage Maxim shot and killed her. He then disposed of her body by placing it in her boat and sinking it at sea. The narrator is relieved to hear that Maxim has always loved her and never Rebecca. Rebecca's boat is raised, and it is discovered to have been deliberately sunk. An inquest brings a verdict of suicide. However, Rebecca's first cousin and lover, Jack Favell, attempts to blackmail Maxim, claiming to have proof that she could not have intended suicide based on a note she sent to him the night she died. It is revealed that Rebecca had had an appointment with a doctor in London shortly before her death, presumably to confirm her pregnancy. When the doctor is found, he reveals that Rebecca had cancer and would have died within a few months. Furthermore, due to the malformation of her uterus, she could never have been pregnant. Maxim assumes that Rebecca, knowing that she would die, manipulated him into killing her quickly. Mrs Danvers had said after the inquiry that Rebecca feared nothing except dying a lingering death. Maxim feels a great sense of foreboding and insists on driving through the night to return to Manderley. However, before he comes in sight of the house, it is clear from a glow on the horizon and wind-borne ashes that it is ablaze. Characters Principal characters The Narrator/the Second Mrs de Winter: A timid, naïve, middle-class woman in her early twenties, who enjoys sketching. Neither the narrator's first nor maiden name is revealed. She is referred to as "my wife", "Mrs de Winter", "my dear", and so on. The one time she is introduced with a name is during a fancy dress ball, in which she dresses as a de Winter ancestor and is introduced as "Caroline de Winter", although this is clearly not her own name. She signs her name as "Mrs M. de Winter", using Maxim's initial. Early in the novel she receives a letter and remarks that her name was correctly spelled, which is "an unusual thing," suggesting her name is uncommon, foreign or complex. While courting her, Maxim compliments her on her "lovely and unusual name". Despite her timidity, she gradually matures throughout the novel, refusing to be a victim of Rebecca's phantom-like influence any longer and becoming a strong, assertive woman in her own right. Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter: The reserved, unemotional owner of Manderley. He marries his new wife after a brief courtship, yet displays little affection toward her after the marriage. Emotionally scarred by his traumatic marriage to Rebecca, his distance toward his new wife causes her to fear he regrets his marriage to her and is still haunted by Rebecca's death. Maxim killed Rebecca after she told him that she was carrying her lover's child, that he would have to raise as his own. He does eventually reveal to his new wife that he never loved Rebecca, but not until several months of marriage have passed. In the 1940 film adaptation, his full name is George Fortescue Maximilian de Winter. Mrs Danvers: The cold, overbearing housekeeper of Manderley. Danvers was Rebecca's family maid when she was a child and has lived with her for years. She is unhealthily obsessed with Rebecca and preserving Rebecca's memory. She resents the new Mrs de Winter, convinced she is trying to "take Rebecca's place". She tries to undermine the new Mrs de Winter, but her efforts fail. After her scheme is ruined, Mrs Danvers app.... Discover the Rebecca Forster popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Rebecca Forster books.

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    Before Her Eyes

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    Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller

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    Madman Walking

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    The Bailey Devlin Trilogy, Boxed Set

    Rebecca Forster

    Bailey Devlin believes in fate. . .and luck. . .and fortune telling. When her horoscope says the man of her dreams is coming to her door, she's thrilled. But when she opens the doo...

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    Next of Kin

    L.F. Robertson

    The third novel by L.F. Robertson, starring death row attorney Janet Moodie. When Greg Ferrante is found shot to death at the side of his swimming pool, suspicion turns immediately...

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    Henry James

    James Henry & Philip Horne

    James's correspondents included presidents and prime ministers, painters and great ladies, actresses and bishops, and the writers Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells and Edith Whart...

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    The Age of Innocence

    Edith Wharton

    'Wharton's dazzling skills as a stylist, creator of character, ironical observer and unveiler of passionate, thwarted emotions have earned her a devoted following’ Sunday TimesNewl...

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    Dark Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller

    Rebecca Forster

    As the edge of winter slices through fall, Josie Bates and Archer reluctantly abandon a trail that has gone cold in their search for Hannah Sheraton and Billy Zuni, teenagers on th...

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    Distant Relations

    Rebecca Forster

    A private plane explodes killing Finn's estranged uncle and his childhood love.Coming to grips with the tragedy, Finn O'Brien puts the accident behind him until a misdirected insur...

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    The Day Bailey Devlin Picked Up a Penny

    Rebecca Forster

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    Keeping Counsel

    Rebecca Forster

    New Mexico attorney Tara Linley believes in the fairness of the law until she takes on her best friend’s lover as a client. When Tara learns of Bill Hamilton's shocking crime and ...

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    Lost Witness

    Rebecca Forster

    It's two in the morning and an aging cargo ship lies off the Port of Los Angeles. Deep in the bowels of the vessel, an important man is dead and the woman who killed him is mortall...

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    Intimate Relations

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    A woman in a window. A cop out of his element. A crime of unimaginable passion.It's two in the morning when a domestic disturbance brings Finn O'Brien to an artists' colony on the ...

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    Character Witness

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    When Kathleen Cotter leaves her stripmall practice to join her uncle's Beverly Hills law firm she finds his practice is on the skids. But before she hightails it out of the wrong s...

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    The Witness Series, Books 1-4

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    A brilliant, bold, but flawed attorney changes the course of her personal and professional life when she agrees to defend an emotionally abused girl charged with the murder of a pr...

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    Beyond Malice

    Rebecca Forster

    When Nora Royce, a sexy associate in a prestigious law firm, is accused of killing a partner's wife the legal community throws her to the wolves. Amanada Cross, a thirdrate attorne...

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    Expert Witness

    Rebecca Forster

    After Hermosa Beach attorney Josie Bates successfully defended sixteenyearold Hannah Sheraton against murder charges, she took the girl into her own home. Now, just days before bec...

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    Silent Witness

    Rebecca Forster

    Josie Bates is pulled back into the world of highstakes law when her excop lover, Archer, is accused of murdering his disable stepson a son Josie never knew he had. Racing against...

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    Sunrise at Strawberry Farm

    Kellie Hailes

    'Light hearted and a perfect read for a summer holiday you can almost taste the strawberries' NetGalley reviewerFirst love can be as sweet as strawberries... Hannah Beety never t...