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Prologue The prologue is subtitled "Extracted from a Family Paper" and tells of the falling out between the prologue narrator and... Read More
First Period, Chapters 1–2 This first section of the novel is subtitled "The Events related by Gabriel Betteredge, house-steward in the service o... Read More
First Period, Chapters 3–4 On the morning of May 28, 1848, Lady Julia Verinder tells Gabriel Betteredge her nephew, Franklin Blake, is coming for... Read More
First Period, Chapters 5–6 Franklin Blake tells Gabriel Betteredge he believes he's been followed from London and that he traveled on an earlier ... Read More
First Period, Chapters 7–8 Back in his room, Gabriel Betteredge is once more approached by Penelope Betteredge, who asks what transpired at the S... Read More
First Period, Chapters 9–10 The day of Rachel Verinder's birthday, June 21, arrives. Gabriel Betteredge and Franklin Blake speak one last time abo... Read More
First Period, Chapters 11–12 Rachel Verinder and Lady Julia Verinder discuss where to best keep the Moonstone. Rachel insists on keeping the stone ... Read More
First Period, Chapters 13–14 Sergeant Cuff meets with Lady Julia Verinder and states that he believes the Diamond to be lost, not stolen. He asks t... Read More
First Period, Chapters 15–16 While they walk, Sergeant Cuff guesses Rosanna Spearman realized she'd gotten paint on her gown and went to Frizinghal... Read More
First Period, Chapters 17–18 Sergeant Cuff, Gabriel Betteredge, and Franklin Blake walk in the garden. They notice Penelope Betteredge and Rosanna ... Read More
First Period, Chapters 19–20 Sergeant Cuff gets word that Rosanna Spearman was seen running toward the shore. Cuff goes to the Shivering Sand. Bett... Read More
First Period, Chapters 21–23 Sergeant Cuff tells Lady Julia Verinder of his suspicions that Rachel Verinder took the Diamond, suggesting she has de... Read More
Second Period, First Narrative, Chapters 1–2 The second section of the novel is subtitled "The events related in several narratives"; it comprises eight narratives... Read More
Second Period, First Narrative, Chapters 3–4 Lady Julia Verinder confides to Miss Drusilla Clack that she has been seriously ill for some time and has, at most, on... Read More
Second Period, First Narrative, Chapters 5–6 Rachel Verinder meets with Godfrey Ablewhite. Miss Drusilla Clack stays hidden and listens to their conversation. Able... Read More
Second Period, First Narrative, Chapters 7–8 A month passes. Miss Drusilla Clack mentions she did not attend Lady Julia Verinder's funeral as she did not feel up t... Read More
Second Period, Second Narrative, Chapters 1–3 The Second Narrative is subtitled "Contributed by Mathew Bruff, Solicitor, of Gray's Inn Square." Mr. Bruff, Lady Juli... Read More
Second Period, Third Narrative, Chapters 1–2 The Third Narrative is subtitled "Contributed by Franklin Blake." It is the spring of 1849, and Franklin Blake has cut... Read More
Second Period, Third Narrative, Chapters 3–4 Franklin Blake and Gabriel Betteredge set off the next morning for Cobb's Hole. Limping Lucy Yolland comes into the ki... Read More
Second Period, Third Narrative, Chapters 5–6 Gabriel Betteredge continues reading the letter. Rosanna Spearman tried to speak to Franklin Blake on several occasion... Read More
Second Period, Third Narrative, Chapters 7–8 Franklin Blake meets with Rachel Verinder. She calls him a coward and berates him for his faked innocence. She shouts,... Read More
Second Period, Third Narrative, Chapters 9–10 Franklin Blake and Ezra Jennings walk together. Blake describes Jennings as having "that gipsy complexion" and "puzzli... Read More
Second Period, Fourth Narrative The Fourth Narrative is subtitled "Extracted from the Journal of Ezra Jennings." On June 15 Jennings asks Rachel Verinde... Read More
Second Period, Fifth Narrative The Fifth Narrative is subtitled "The Story Resumed by Franklin Blake." Blake and Mr. Mathew Bruff return to London and ... Read More
Second Period, Sixth Narrative The Sixth Narrative, divided into five chapters, is subtitled "Contributed by Sergeant Cuff" and is composed of a series... Read More
Second Period, Seventh Narrative The Seventh Narrative is subtitled "In a Letter from Mr. Candy." Mr. Candy sends a letter to Franklin Blake, reproduced ... Read More
Second Period, Eighth Narrative The Eighth Narrative is subtitled "Contributed by Gabriel Betteredge." Resuming the narrative, Betteredge serves as narr... Read More
Epilogue The Epilogue is composed of three numbered sections. The first, "The Statement of Sergeant Cuff's Man (1849)," is a simp... Read More
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