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Wilkie Collins

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

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The Seventh Narrative is subtitled "In a Letter from Mr. Candy." Mr. Candy sends a letter to Franklin Blake, reproduced in this chapter. Ezra Jennings has died and has left to Blake the journal pages relating to him. Jennings has been buried in an unmarked grave, and his papers buried with him. Candy offers his congratulations on Blake's upcoming wedding to Rachel Verinder.

Analysis

With Ezra Jennings's death, the influence of the Moonstone's curse finally ends. The deaths of Rosanna Spearman, Lady Julia Verinder, Godfrey Ablewhite, and then Jennings, along with two broken engagements (Ablewhite) and one illness (Mr. Candy), all contribute to the bad luck that followed the Moonstone during its stay in England.

Rachel and Blake get the happy ending Rosanna and Jennings were denied. With Jennings's death the circle is complete. It is not a coincidence that congratulations on Blake's wedding are offered in the same letter as news of Jennings's death.

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