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  1. Oct 2020
    1. “Where is he now?” she asked, giving free expression to her one dominant interest–the interest in Mr. Blake. “What is he doing? Has he spoken of me? Is he in good spirits? How does he bear the sight of the house, after what happened in it last year? When are you going to give him the laudanum? May I see you pour it out? I am so interested; I am so excited–I have ten thousand things to say to you, and they all crowd together so that I don’t know what to say first. Do you wonder at the interest I take in this?”

      And since when has Rachel been so willing to simply trust a stranger, who says he has the answers? I had the impression that she was more discerning,more matter of fact, more skeptical than that.

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      I think it's interesting that every male character is fond of Rachel.

    3. She tells me, in the prettiest manner, that my letter has satisfied her of Mr. Blake’s innocence, without the slightest need (so far as she is concerned) of putting my assertion to the proof

      At first I got confused as to who Erza was calling Miss Verinder, but with this added context, it made it clear that he ment Rachel. At least for me, this was a rather unexpected turn of events for Rachel and Franklin. The truth slowly comes to light and old characters are been brought back together. Maybe we will have a good ending after all, and the curse of the moonstone will not come to fruition? Interested to see how the story between the two turns out.

    4. appealed so irresistibly to Rachel’s curiosity

      Curiosity is an interesting word choice here. It's clear now that Rachel's hysteria was less about losing the diamond and more about seeing the man she loved take it and then lie to her face about it, but curiosity seems to imply she didn't really care that the diamond was stolen at all, like she's doing this not out of a need to be reunited with her property but instead for the same reason we are.

    5. I saw her, and heard her, no more.

      It is rather sad that the two characters never met each other again afterwards, similar to the sudden end of the relationship with her and Goffrey. As if the diamond strips all the people away from Rachel one way or the other. Mr Verinder, Goffrey, Franklin, one by one seems to be going away from Rachel. Albeit in Goffrey's case, it might have been a blessing rather than a diamond curse. In general, Rachel seems to be at the center of the diamond 'curse', which begs the question of what is going to follow with regards to the future of that character.

  2. Sep 2020
    1. Clack, you’re dying to hear the end of it–I won’t faint, expressly to oblige you

      The mutual enmity between Clack and Rachel is evident. The question is -- who or what started it? It is very reasonable to assume, based on Clack's language, that her overt hatred towards Rachel has caused Rachel to hate her in return (who wouldn't?). But I'm wondering if Rachel's always had some kind of a "sinful" inclination (which could perhaps explain why she, of all, has the Moonstone) that triggered the conservative mind of Miss Clack to develop envy and detestation.

    2. Bring a chair, Godfrey. I like people to be opposite to me when I talk to them

      Interesting physical representation of the imbalance between them. Rachael says she likes to see people she talks with on her level, but the next line talks about how it doesn't suit Godfrey and it's to his disadvantage.

    3. “Miss Verinder appears to be a little out of temper about the loss of her Diamond,” remarked the Sergeant. “It’s a valuable jewel. Natural enough! natural enough!”

      Dismissal of Rachel's sudden change in temper towards Mr. Franklin in particular is written off as hysterics typical of women by the men in charge. Also ignored in favor of social customs rather than seen as something to be paid attention to

    4. I have to tell you, as Miss Verinder’s mother, that she is absolutely incapable of doing what you suppose her to have done

      I wonder here if she means incapable as in she wouldn't be smart enough to put together a plan like this, or incapable as in she could never decieve her mother like this. As we've seen before she doesn't always know her daughter perfectly, and neither does Betteredge for that matter. What could Rachel be hiding, and why?

    5. There is not the least fear of a refusal from any of the three

      I understand Godfrey and Franklin cooperating easily, but Rachel has been difficult and distraught this entire process. I'm not saying her emotional distress isn't valid given her loss, but it seems kinda odd of her mother to assume she'd be fine with it given how cold she's been towards the officers and Franklin.

    6. Nothing goes right, father; nothing is like what it used to be. I feel as if some dreadful misfortune was hanging over us all

      Sounds like the curse of the Moonstone, which should be rightfully cast on the family, if Rachel has, in fact, stolen the stone!

    1. Thus, Confucius meditated upon water; and the Confucian Xunzi later attempted to systematize the relationship between water’s various forms and people’s moral qualities. This assumption of a correspondence between the principles which inform both water and human conduct was not limited to the Confucians; it was generally assumed in all early philosophical texts. Nor was the imagery the provenance of any particular school. For example, water which moves forward without force, giving life to everything, is described in Xunzi as ‘wuwei’ (without action) or (doing nothing) a term that is particularly associated with Daoism.

      CONTEXT: Shuen-fu Lin addresses "the sage", the person with the highest spiritual attainment who was first emulated and thought of in the Wei-Jin movement, following the Han Dynasty. The sage allows the innate tendencies and has all five of the human emotions addressed in the passage, but "...does not act, complies, and does not implement. He eliminates what leads things astray and gets rid of what confuses them." The sage is addressed as exhibiting qualities of both the Daoist way of life and the Confucianist way. The sage is like the image of water that is an unattainable, sage-like, presence and moral conduct, desired by both Daoist and Confucianist beliefs. "Gentlemen" look at water in awe, gazing upon the perfection of its inaction and lack of effort in attaining its intellect, beauty, and respect. The water has of "ziran", or perhaps, is "ziran" that humans are able to express communion with nature and nonpurposive action. This word is also described as spontaneously existing and being "so oneself" -nothing acting behind them. Water does not decide or dwell for too long, it just exists in movement and in detachment which I think human beings desire greatly.

      Cai, Zongqi. Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the Universe in the Six Dynasties. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004.

      RELATE: In 'The Experience of Nature' by Rachel and Stephen Kaplan, human action and thought is addressed as influenced by our setting/environment whether the setting require immediate responsive action or the response take place in a slower, observational method varies. The authors write, "People are particularly aware of information that is visual, that concerns what they see. That does not mean that people interpret the information in visual terms exclusively; rather, visual stimuli are effective in conjuring associated information. The sight of water provides information about potential opportunities which may or may not be visual in themselves" (Kaplan, 4). Reverie from observation that allows self reflection, thought free from distraction, and intuitive action is typically included in our broader categorization of landscape qualities when we discuss as landscape architects. Human reaction to landscape is so much bigger than the texture, color, or even kinesthetic feeling within the place and can be thought of as artwork in addition- prompting development of thought even subconsciously within the the one experiencing.

      Kaplan, Rachel, and Stephen Kaplan. The Experience of Nature: A Psychological Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

  3. Aug 2018
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    1. Those two sat on either side of Miss Rachel, who, as queen of the day, was naturally the great attraction of the party.

      Oh. The Birthday party will start!!! The most interesting part will appear. In fact, the queen of the party --- Miss Rachel who is loved deeply by the Mr. Franklin. And in the party, the Moonstone would be stolen. And I am looking forward to reading how the moonstone would be stolen. And maybe, some important clues would be found later.

  5. Jul 2018
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    1. Having heard the story of the past, my next inquiries (still inquiries after Rachel!) advanced naturally to the present time. Under whose care had she been placed after leaving Mr. Bruff’s house? and where was she living now?

      Blake's account of Rachel is clearly distinct form the other narrators because of their romantic past. He mentions her frequently throughout his narrative. I would like to run a frequency count the number of times he mentions Rachel compared tot he rest of the narratives in the book. I wonder if it is possible to isolate the discussions of Rachel in each character's narrative and then do some topic modeling with the extracted texts to examine how Rachel is discussed by each character.

    2. It distressed me, it did indeed distress me, to hear her say that. She was so young and so lonely–and she bore it so well!

      Bruff's impression of Rachel is very different from Miss Clack, but similar to the affectionate tone of Betteredge. I would be interested in running a word frequency count on all of the ways Rachel is described by the different narrators and do a comparison between the words used by the different narrators and also which words they share in her description.

  7. May 2018