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Daphne du Maurier

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Daphne du Maurier

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Mystery, Romance

Perspective and Narrator

Philip, the first-person narrator of My Cousin Rachel, tells the story through flashbacks. Readers learn Philip's thoughts and emotions directly and know Rachel through Philip's interpretations of her words and actions.


My Cousin Rachel is told in the past tense.

About the Title

The title My Cousin Rachel refers to the character Rachel who is the cousin of the protagonist, Philip. She is also the cousin of Ambrose, Phillip's cousin and guardian. Philip refers to her formally as "cousin Rachel" until he falls in love with her.


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