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How many of Daphne Du Maurier’s REBECCA quotes can you say?

Alessio Boni as Maxim De Winter (Rai TV)

For the 2024 A to Z Challenge, I am sharing favorite quotes from favorite books. Enjoy!

10 Memorable REBECCA Quotes

  1. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”
  2. “I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. For it is a fever, and a burden, too, whatever the poets may say.”
  3. “We can never go back again, that much is certain. The past is still too close to us. The things we have tried to forget and put behind us would stir again, and that sense of fear, of furtive unrest, struggling at length to blind unreasoning panic – now mercifully stilled, thank God – might in some manner unforeseen become a living companion, as it had before.”
  4. “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
  5. “Jealousy is born of love, but does not die with it.”
  6. “When one asks for the truth, one is always, in some measure, a fool.”
  7. “Men are simpler than you imagine, my sweet child. But what goes on in the twisted, tortuous minds of women would baffle anyone.”
  8. “We are not obliged to take our clothes off, but it does help.”
  9. “I suppose sooner or later in the life of everyone comes a moment of trial. We all of us have our particular devil who rides us and torments us, and we must give battle in the end.”
  10. “There was Manderley, our Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, the grey stone shining in the moonlight of my dream, the mullioned windows reflecting the green lawns and the terrace.”

Famous REBECCA Adaptations

See my previous blog post for some favorite film/tv adaptations.

See my previous post about Rebecca the Musical.

Is Maxim De Winter a Protagonist or Antagonist?

Maxim de Winter, the central male character in Daphne du Maurier’s novel “Rebecca,” can be interpreted as both a protagonist and an antagonist, depending on the perspective and the context of the story.

As the husband of the unnamed narrator and the owner of Manderley, Maxim initially appears as the romantic hero and protagonist of the story. He is charming, wealthy, and mysterious, and his relationship with the narrator drives much of the plot. Readers may sympathize with Maxim as he navigates the complexities of his past and his feelings for the narrator, especially in light of the shadow cast by his deceased first wife, Rebecca.

However, Maxim’s darker side is gradually revealed as the story unfolds. His troubled history with Rebecca, his secretive behavior, and his role in the events surrounding her death paint a more complex picture of his character. Maxim’s actions and decisions, particularly his treatment of the narrator and his attempts to conceal the truth about Rebecca, can be seen as antagonistic, creating conflict and tension within the narrative.

Ultimately, Maxim de Winter can be considered a complex character who embodies elements of both protagonist and antagonist. While he is the central figure around whom the story revolves, his flaws and contradictions contribute to the moral ambiguity of the novel and challenge readers’ perceptions of traditional heroism.

He is in fact one of my all time favorite complex male characters in literature and film. My absolute favorite TV/Film performance was by Alessio Boni on RAI TV.

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