19/02/2012 § 15 Comments


Looking at the scorched-black, smeared and smudgy ruins of what was left of the house she heard the wind whistle in haunting whips, much as leather straps are cracked and used to scare, as if to remind the ghosts would always haunt, but there would be no more fear that seeps in through shadowy thoughts from Rebecca’s past deeds which nestled like open sores that would weep and bleed. It had all been so bizarre. In restless mood she knew she had to somehow find her inner balance once more. It was one thing to think Mrs. Danvers intended to do her harm and, another thing altogether to know it.

In 1938 Rebecca was written by novelist Daphne du Maurier

It was turned into a very famous movie in 1940 directed byAlfred Hitchcock Starring Sir Lawrence Olivier and Joan Crawford
It’s got everything a good story ought to have. Love, hatred, jealousy, suspense. One thing that always fascinated me was that the second wife (who is the heroine and narrator of the story, is never named. All the way through the story she is only ever called Mrs De Winter. His deceased first wife, is Rebecca and Mrs. Danvers is the housekeeper who hates the second wife and (secretly loved) Rebecca.
It’s a novel I have yet to read but a movie I could watch time and time again. I love that (now) very famous opening line:
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again”

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§ 15 Responses to Rebecca

  • JulesPaige says:

    Now I have read two prose takes on wordle use. Something new to try… I think I may have seen the flick. As the names sound familiar. Reminds me of Agatha Christie’s works too. Thanks for an intriguing read.

  • LBTL says:

    the pics, the write all gave me chills, hints of darkness and mystery. You should finish that book :)

  • What better testament to wonderful writing that is always your hallmark than to evoke the mystery of Rebecca and have many about to experience an untasted delight!

  • Cathy says:

    Love to coming your blog and seeing what you wrote. Rebecca, now that’s a one strange book.

  • I always enjoy coming to learn something new from your wordles! :) I don’t think I ever saw this movie, but now I surely do want to!! :) Well done, as always, DDT.

  • Mary says:

    Strange that the second wife wasn’t named. Wonder what rationale the author had for not naming her. Perhaps there is some clue in the book? (Haven’t read it.)

  • brenda w says:

    I love it! You’ve captured that feeling of knowing betrayal, and you’ve captured Rebecca’s dilemma for us. It’s off to Netflix, I go!

  • Traci B says:

    Great write. I haven’t read the book or seen the movie, but your synopsis has me curious. :)

  • Marianne says:

    Loved the book and the movie! It’s so neat the way you use the wordle words to tell these old stories. “Fear seeped in through shadowy thoughts” is a wonderful line!

  • pamela says:

    I have never read this novel, Bren. As always I enjoy your approach with the wordle’s.


  • Pat Hatt says:

    Very intense as you get your Hitchcock on today at your bay. Sadly, another one I have not seen, really showing me up now..haha

  • Oh you took me back to Manderley again. I read the classics as a teen, which likely set my course for a disastrous love life, hee hee. What a good write. Wish I had time to reread some of these good books but I have so many unread ones waiting and they keep writing MORE!!!!!!!

  • brian says:

    nice tension in this…the crack of the leather and the sores that weep and bleed….well spun bren…and happy sunday to you…smiles….

  • laurie kolp says:

    Enjoyed this!

    This would work really well at today’s Flashy Fiction prompt.

    Flashy Fiction

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