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Wilkie Collins

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The Moonstone | Second Period, Eighth Narrative : The Discovery of the Truth (1848–1849) | Summary



The Eighth Narrative is subtitled "Contributed by Gabriel Betteredge." Resuming the narrative, Betteredge serves as narrator once more. Rachel Verinder and Franklin Blake marry on October 9, 1849. Betteredge consults his copy of Robinson Crusoe and stops on the passage where Crusoe writes of his own marriage and birth of his child. Months later Blake tells him Rachel is expecting a child. Betteredge brings out the book and shows Blake the passage that he underlined that October. Blake admits to the prophetic powers of Robinson Crusoe.


Gabriel Betteredge's final installment in the narrative provides the happy counterpoint to the Moonstone's curse. With the Diamond gone, the natural order of things is restored. Rachel Verinder and Franklin Blake marry, and with a child on the way, the dark pall cast by the Moonstone is truly behind them. Readers also get one last glimpse of Betteredge's beloved Robinson Crusoe, ending the events in England on a high note.

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