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  2. Oct 2020
    1. I am conten

      I wonder if Laura's amazement at the body and finding beauty in it is meant to show the beauty of death and how it allows an escape from the rigidly socioeconomically divided world of the living, or that's another sign of how disconnected from the lives of these people she and her family are, that she sees the loss of life as some romantic portrait laid out before her and not the reality of the loss his family feels and the economic struggles they'll come to face having lost the head of the household. Maybe it's both? Who knows...

    2. It was simply marvellous

      The way this story is handling death seems to be almost positive in a way. Laura found the body of the man to be extremely beautiful, and here it seems again like she is struck by the beauty of death.

    1. He died in my arms

      Is it just me, or is the latter half of the novel substantially more somber that the former? The deaths of Lady Verinder, Ezra Jennings, and Godfrey Ablewhite are each pretty substantia blows, and feel as though they bring the novel into a much more serious tone.

  3. Sep 2020
    1. then he told the rest of us that Lady Verinder was no more

      Could this be attributed to the curse of the moonstone? Was this merely a random event, or is there a connection between Lady Verinder's death and the fact that the moonstone passed through Rachel at some point? Interested to see if those two events are interelated somehow in the end, as well as the first death that was introduced in the book (Rossana).

      So far, a pattern of tragic events surrounding the family seems to unfold, with the second death of another female character. Could there be some kind of explanation that ties them both?

    2. As I got near the shore, the clouds gathered black, and the rain came down, drifting in great white sheets of water before the wind. I heard the thunder of the sea on the sand-bank at the mouth of the bay

      The description of the environment (terrible weather near the shore, which is Rosanna's favorite place) implies something bad is about to happen (Rosanna's death).

    3. Why Superintendent Seegrave should have appeared to be several sizes smaller than life, on being presented to Sergeant Cuff, I can’t undertake to explain. I can only state the fact. They retired together; and remained a weary long time shut up from all mortal intrusion.

      It's unclear why for the moment, but there are several references to death here. See"grave", "smaller than life", "undertake", "retire", "weary long time", "mortal". My initial guess is that Seegrave will be witness to a death given the pun on his name. As for Cuff, it remains to be seen what role he will have in the story, but this passage does hint at some entanglement with death at some point.

    4. Shivering Sand

      Not quite sure if this place exists in real life, but I think Collins using this name for the specific scene with Betteredge, Spearman, and Blake was brilliant. The site itself foreshadows a sense of frightening thoughts and shocking news--the kind of conversation Betteredge would have with the two characters.

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  4. Aug 2020
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  6. Jun 2020
    1. Piketty’s account of the past 40 years is less a story of capital being unleashed (as most histories of neoliberalism have it) than of progressive ideologies running out of steam. The failure of communism played a crucial role in this, producing a new fatalism about the capacity of politics to deliver equality. Globalisation eroded national borders, while “hypercapitalism” delivered concentrations of wealth not witnessed since 1914. In the context of post-socialist ideological cynicism
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