My Cousin Rachel | Study Guide

Daphne du Maurier

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my-cousin-rachel-daphne-du-maurier_V6Sources:, Daphne du Maurier: Haunted Heiressby Nina Auerbach,, Encyclopaedia BritannicaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Ambrose, Chapter 3he has done for me at last, Rachel my torment.HouseSymbolizes Philips identity and destiny as an Ashley manJewelsRepresent Philips love, betrothal, and future fortuneLaburnumSymbolizes poison but also shared joys between Rachel and AmbroseSymbolsPhilipYoung, naive English gentleman and heir to a large estate; mistrusts yet is strongly attracted to worldly RachelRachelOlder, seductive, seemingly forthright cousin from Italy in need of money; may or may not have poisoned AmbroseAmbroseEstate owner; falls in love with his cousin, marries her, and later writes of his fears about her conductMain CharactersBorn in London, du Maurier found her greatest inspiration on the southern coast of Cornwall. The windswept, rocky shores are the perfect setting for her suspenseful novels My Cousin Rachel and Rebecca (1938), both following the dark twists and turns of love and suspicion as mysteries are revealed.DAPHNE DU MAURIER1907–89AuthorAmbrose suspects Rachel of poisoning him and rejects a brain tumor diagnosis.Rachel & Ambroses MarriageRachels charms eclipse Philips lingering suspicions about her true nature.Philip Overcomes MistrustPhilip justifies letting Rachel die, suspecting she poisoned him.Rachels RetributionDid She orDidnt She?Unlike typical whodunits, this romantic, atmospheric mystery focuses on one suspect—Rachel—but never resolves whether she murdered her husband, Ambrose. The narrator, their young cousin Philip, seeks answers but falls in love with Rachel himself. Will the next mysterious death be his?OVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1951Year PublishedDaphne du MaurierAuthorMy CousinRachelMysteryNovel

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