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Timeline of Events

  • The present

    The narrator looks back darkly on her life at an estate called Manderley.

    Chapter 1
  • Sometime years before

    The narrator falls in love with Maxim while visiting Monte Carlo with Mrs. Van Hopper.

    Chapter 2
  • After a short honeymoon

    Maxim and the narrator return from their honeymoon to begin married life at Manderley.

    Chapter 7
  • The following weeks

    The narrator grows increasingly uncomfortable as she learns about her predecessor, the dead Rebecca.

    Chapter 8
  • Weeks later

    At a much-anticipated costume ball, the narrator wears Rebecca's dress, upsetting Maxim.

    Chapter 16
  • The next day

    The fragile narrator is nearly provoked by the evil Mrs. Danvers to commit suicide.

    Chapter 18
  • Later that day

    Shipwreck containing Rebecca's body is found, and Maxim admits to the narrator he is her murderer.

    Chapter 19
  • Two days later

    Inquest finds that Rebecca committed suicide; Jack Favell challenges the ruling.

    Chapter 23
  • The next day

    Dr. Baker confirms that Rebecca had terminal cancer, supporting the ruling of suicide.

    Chapter 26
  • That night

    Maxim and the narrator return to Manderley and find it on fire.

    Chapter 27

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapters 1-2 Rebecca begins with a famous description of the narrator's dream: "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again." The... Read More
Chapters 3-4 As Chapter 3 opens, the narrator is musing about what her life might have been like if her employer, Mrs. Van Hopper, ... Read More
Chapters 5-6 As Chapter 5 opens, the narrator reflects on falling in love with Maxim and on the nature of first love from her prese... Read More
Chapter 7 After a short but carefree honeymoon, Maxim and the narrator return to Manderley to assume the responsibilities of owner... Read More
Chapters 8-9 The next morning, the narrator still feels intimidated by the grand estate and by the servants. When she asks for a fi... Read More
Chapters 10-12 After Beatrice and Giles leave, Maxim and the narrator take a walk around the grounds of Manderley with Jasper, the do... Read More
Chapters 13-14 When Maxim goes to London for business at the end of June, the narrator is at first worried that something will happen... Read More
Chapters 15-17 The next day the narrator goes with Beatrice to visit Maxim's and Beatrice's grandmother, who is elderly and somewhat ... Read More
Chapter 18 The narrator finally falls asleep at seven in the morning after the ball and wakes with the sun already high in the sky.... Read More
Chapters 19-20 Standing by the window, the narrator hears Maxim's voice outside, shouting for Frith. A ship has run aground offshore,... Read More
Chapters 21-22 The local magistrate, Colonel Julyan, is on the phone and asks Maxim if he could have made a mistake when he originall... Read More
Chapter 23-24 Frank takes the narrator back to Manderley, as Maxim has requested, and the narrator imagines the worst—that Maxim wil... Read More
Chapter 25-26 The narrator and Maxim fear that Dr. Baker will confirm that Rebecca was pregnant with Favell's child. This evidence w... Read More
Chapter 27 After the meeting with Dr. Baker, they are all shaken and rather stunned by the news of Rebecca's illness. As the narrat... Read More
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