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Wilkie Collins

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the-moonstone-wilkie-collins_v2Franklin Blake, First Period, Chapter 6his question has two sides ... An Objective side, and a Subjective side. Which are we to take?Sources: The British Library, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The GuardianCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.OpiumSignifies the thin line between objectivity and subjectivityShivering SandRepresents the hidden pasts that haunt the charactersMoonstoneSymbolizes the British Empires violent colonization of IndiaSymbolsRespected police officer and detective; called in to lead the Moonstone investigationSergeant CuffRachels cousin; looks like a gentleman but is a duplicitous, self-righteous conmanGodfrey AblewhiteIntelligent amateur detective; intent on finding the diamond to win back his cousin RachelFranklin BlakeStrong-willed woman in love with Franklin; loyal to a fault and keeps her own counselRachel VerinderMain CharactersModern mysteries owe many of their tropes, such as the conflict between subjectivity and objectivity, to Collins and The Moonstone. A pioneer of detective and mystery fiction, Collins used elements that influenced other popular authors, most notably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who created detective Sherlock Holmes.WILKIE COLLINS1824–89AuthorThe truth is subjective,and the narrators may have something to hide.ObjectivityUnderstand your place in the social hierarchy, and don’t cross the line.Class & StatusIf you look different, act differently, or think differently, you’re a suspect. OutsidersA supposedly cursed diamond plundered from the statue of an Indian god goes missing on Rachel Verinders 18th birthday. As multiple narrators try to solve the mystery of the Moonstones theft and return the diamond to its rightful owner, a classic tale of intrigue unfolds.The First Detective NovelTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1868Year PublishedWilkie CollinsAuthorThe Moonstone MysteryNovel

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