Eng 167 final review

Eng 167 final review - QUOTES The Moonstone "The...

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QUOTES The Moonstone "The horrid mystery hanging over us in this house gets into my head like liquor, and makes me wild." “We had our breakfasts--whatever happens in a house, robbery or murder, it doesn't matter, you must have your breakfast.” "I applied the remedy which I have never yet found to fail me in cases of doubt and emergency. I smoked a pipe and took a turn at Robinson Crusoe."(p.26) "I applied the remedy which I have never yet found to fail me in cases of doubt and emergency. I smoked a pipe and took a turn at Robinson Crusoe." (p.409) “The idea is that we should all write the story of the Moonstone in turn—as far as our own personal experience extends, and no farther.” 1 “The horrid mystery hanging over us in this house gets into my head like liquor, and makes me wild.” 2 “I am asked to tell the story of the Diamond, and, instead of that, I have been telling the story of my own self. Curious, and quite beyond me to account for. I wonder whether the gentlemen who make a business and a living out of writing books, ever find their own selves getting in the way of their subjects, like me?” 3 “Ha, Mr. Betteredge, the day is not far off when the poor will rise against the rich. I pray Heaven they may begin with him.” 4 "They seem to be in a conspiracy to persecute you," she said. "What does it mean?" "Only the protest of the world, Miss Verinder—on a very small scale—against anything that is new.'" 5 1 This quotation comes at the beginning of Chapter I, First Period, and is the instruction received by Gabriel Betteredge from Franklin Blake regarding the project of assembling narratives about the Moonstone. The language Franklin uses here is explicitly setting up each of the narratives as subjective ("our own personal experience")—a classification which rings true. Each narrative offers us the subjective opinions and viewpoints of the narrator, and we must sift through this to arrive at the objective matter— the facts and events—of the narrative. Blake's vision of each narrator telling the story "in turn" also proves true. The Moonstone does not feature disparate narrators each giving their version of the same set of events. Instead, each narrator picks up where the last left off— The Moonstone offers a variety of narrative voices, not of plot. 2 Gabriel Betteredge speaks these lines in Chapter XVII of the First Period. The motif of intoxication runs through the first period and infects various strands of the plot. The intoxication can arise from the Moonstone itself, in whose depths one loses oneself. The intoxication also arises from the mystery surrounding the Moonstone. Gabriel proclaims that he has "detective fever" and other members of the household (such as Rosanna) react as though their mind obeys an outside force, such as "liquor." Gabriel's insistence that the liquor- like effect makes him "wild" highlights a sub-theme— The Moonstone seems to propose that people obey their natural, or subconscious, instincts when under the influence of a substance. 3
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This test prep was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course ENGLISH 167 taught by Professor Ortiz-robles during the Spring '07 term at Wisconsin.

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