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  1. Aug 2020
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    1. Eliza smoothed her dress over her knees.

      I think these small descriptions of peoples motions are just telling of the peoples charachters more than adding to the story

    2. I went in on tiptoe. The room through the lace end of the blind was suffused with dusky golden light amid which the candles looked like pale thin flame

      The imagry in this paragraph is vivid, im holding my breath as i tip toe alongeside them!

    3. old Cotter

      why do they feel the need to emphasize that the cotter is old. It seems like these words are inseparable

    4. Mr. Doran was very anxious indeed this Sunday morning. He had made two attempts to shave but his hand had been so unsteady that he had been obliged to desist.

      I think its intresting that the idea of confession is making him anxious. Afterall, according to Catholic belifs it should liberate you from sin, not make you more anaxious.

    5. She made Mary collect the crusts and pieces of broken bread to help to make Tuesday’s bread-pudding

      I fact the Moonery is telling mary what to do shows a slight power dynamic. Maybe shes just being nice, but i think theres something else there

    6. young men

      this was one of the common adjectives that I found doing my pos tag, I think its intresting seeing them here and how they are used to descrive and seperate people by simple binaries like young and old

    7. She pressed me to take some cream crackers also but I declined because I thought I would make too much noise eating them

      I think this shows how self consous and low key he is as a person. Wants to fly under the radar

    8. As I walked along in the sun I remembered old Cotter’s words and tried to remember what had happened afterwards in the dream

      He seems like a cynical and pensive charachter. This story is coming off as somber

    9. I drew the blankets over my head and tried to think of Christmas.

      Why chirstmas? Mayve as a distraction

  3. Jul 2020
    1. “No, mother, you spoil father, and it’s not right. You ought to be stricter with him. He’s very naughty.”

      This is really intesne and out of the norms. She is basiclly saying her father is undeserving and trying to shake her mother out of doing something she shouldnt. I think its intresting that her mother couldnt figure this out on hr own instead of needing Marion to speak out. Maybe shes being protective?

    2. Surely you could be happy in—in—appreciating it for a change. Or you could take up some hobby.”

      You can sense the tention between these two. They keep trying to show each other up in my opinion. They seem to have a dividing wall between them that they just cant tear down.

    3. “Have you really never been to a ball before

      Social norms: Seems to be common and expected for people of their class to have attended balls.

    4. “Pardon,” she smiled at him more radiantly than ever. She didn’t even recognise him again.

      I think this chapter resembles a coming of age story. There is an element of naive and performative acts going on here.

    5. “How heavenly; how simply heavenly!”

      This reminds me of what this text would look like with a POS tag on it. There are so many adjectives that reapeat themselves. This one is funny becuase it is a repition of words to describe something else.

    6. Leila softly, gently opening and shutting her fan.

      This description of Leila is very telling of her charachter. She comes off as dainty and very lady like. "gently", "softly", and holding a fan are very feminine features.

    7. She was like a woman who is saying “good-bye” to her friends on the station platform, with not a minute to spare before the train starts

      for my project I wanted to look at descriptions and specifucally adjectives but here is an evample of a description being done with verbs and nouns.

    8. blue dress

      There seems to be a blue motif within the novel. It is a popular adjective which adds to the theme of the book.

    9. “A good one that will last,” thought dreamy Constantia, as if Josephine were buying a nightgown. But, of course, Josephine didn’t say that. “One suitable to our father’s position.” She was very nervous.

      THese chapters seem very short. Maybe i t can be symbolic to them wanting to get past this funeral as fast as possible.

    10. black cats.

      black cats are supposed to be unlucky. could this be forshaowing to some bad news or events to come?

    11. their minds went on, thinking things out, talking things over, wondering, deciding, trying to remember where...

      THey seem restless and full of internal conflict

    12. To Laura’s astonishment her mother behaved just like Jose; it was harder to bear because she seemed amused. She refused to take Laura seriously.

      This seems pretty dark. They really want to have their party when someone has been pronounced dead. THey treat a dead body like an inconvenience

    13. "This Life is Wee-ary, Hope comes to Die. A Dream—a Wa-kening."

      This song seems to be very sad but she sings with a smile on her face. It seems like she cares more about her singing then the song she choses.

    14. Ta-ta-ta Tee-ta!

      the onomatopoeia is very intresting because they seem to be pulled from a childrens book.

    15. “Mother says you’re to wear that sweet hat you had on last Sunday. Good. One o’clock. Bye-bye.”

      just like in the moonstone, the gender roles are very telling of the time period. The women are serving and hosting while them men oreder them around.

    16. They were like trees you imagined growing on a desert island, proud, solitary, lifting their leaves and fruits to the sun in a kind of silent splendour. Must they be hidden by a marquee?

      The narriratior describes everything which seems to be a specific writinbg style. It seems likr if they are writing in the first person by dont refer to themselves and just to others. The narritation of this book is very old school.

    17. his soaking paws covered with sand, ran along with his nose to the ground, but carelessly, as if thinking of something else.

      this book seems to be very descriptive. She stops and describes every thing and everyone she sees. Theres onomatopoeia which is intresting becuase it is very telling of the setting this book takes place.

    1. I hold that unlucky jewel in abhorrence–and I refer you to other authority than mine, for such news of the Moonstone as you may, at the present time, be expected to receive. My purpose, in this place, is to state a fact in the history of the family, which has been passed over by everybody, and which I won’t allow to be disrespectfully smothered up in that way.

      He seems to have changed his skepticism over the diamond and know knows how much damage it has caused. He is very self absorbed but in this chapter he wants to clear some things up. He knows that after all these narritives some lines have been blured.

    2. Wednesday, September 26th, 1849.

      I really like this format for writing dates. i like that we know the day of the week becuase it gives us context of what may have been going on. Though I guess we can figure out what day of the week it was if we just google search it.

    3. On examination of the room (which is only seven feet high), a trap-door in the ceiling, leading out on to the roof of the house, was discovered open. The short ladder, used for obtaining access to the trap-door (and kept under the bed), was found placed at the opening, so as to enable any person or persons, in the room, to leave it again easily. In the trap-door itself was found a square aperture cut in the wood, apparently with some exceedingly sharp instrument, just behind the bolt which fastened the door on the inner side. In this way, any person from the outside could have drawn back the bolt, and opened the door, and have dropped (or have been noiselessly lowered by an accomplice) into the room–its height, as already observed, being only seven feet. That some person, or persons, must have got admission in this way, appears evident from the fact of the aperture being there. As to the manner in which he (or they) obtained access to the roof of the tavern, it is to be remarked that the third house, lower down in the street, was empty, and under repair–that a long ladder was left by the workmen, leading from the pavement to the top of the house–and that, on returning to their work, on the morning of the 27th, the men found the plank which they had tied to the ladder, to prevent anyone from using it in their absence, removed, and lying on the ground. As to the possibility of ascending by this ladder, passing over the roofs of the houses, passing back, and descending again, unobserved–it is discovered, on the evidence of the night policeman, that he only passes through Shore Lane twice in an hour, when out on his beat. The testimony of the inhabitants also declares, that Shore Lane, after midnight, is one of the quietest and loneliest streets in London. Here again, therefore, it seems fair to infer that–with ordinary caution, and presence of mind–any man, or men, might have ascended by the ladder, and might have descended again, unobserved. Once on the roof of the tavern, it has been proved, by experiment, that a man might cut through the trap-door, while lying down on it, and that in such a position, the parapet in front of the house would conceal him from the view of anyone passing in the street.

      This kind of descriptive language really explains how he has such a good reputation. Seargent Cuff is supposed to be londons best detective and I think this really shines through in his narritive. His interpritation of what he thinks went down really comes off as fact. Even though he wasnt there when the murder happened or the moonstone was taken,he speaks with a strong confidence

    4. Chapter

      his chapters are very short. Hes very to the point. But then again, at the beginning he did not give much help for they mystery so maybe he just doesnt have much to say

    5. “He’s pulled off his beard!” cried Gooseberry.

      It was a disguise after all. i guess I was just over their assumptions being wrong or insignificant. But finally, something goes their way! About time theres some progress!

    6. “Mr. Blake! you and I are the two worst amateur detectives that ever tried their hands at the trade. The man in the grey suit has been thirty years in the chemist’s service. He was sent to the bank to pay money to his master’s account–and he knows no more of the Moonstone than the babe unborn.”

      I think its funny how hes the first to admit that they were not doing a good job at this whole investidagtion. Maybe if they listed to cuff they would be over this whole thing by now. I think this shows just how big their egos are.

    7. “They must have their spy somewhere,” said Mr. Bruff, looking at the dark sailor in his turn. “And he may be the man.”

      They really let this whole investigation get to them and suspect everything. For all they know this can be a regualr man and theyre looking crazy.

    8. I had barely time to promise Rachel that I would return, and tell her everything that had happened, before Mr. Bruff seized me by the arm, and hurried me into a cab. The boy with the ill-secured eyes took his place on the box by the driver, and the driver was directed to go to Lombard Stree

      I think he and rachel are very good friends of some sort. They seem to care of each other and he is really afeccted with Rachel leaving.

    9. Betteredge’s blunt pencil followed me conscientiously, word by word. “Go on, sir,” he said, with sardonic gravity. “There’s a deal of writing left in the point of this pencil yet.”

      Hes very pushy and wants to extrat all information even if its not even there. Betteredge seems desperate and rude at this point.

    10. Betteredge took a chair and seated himself at the table. He produced a huge old-fashioned leather pocket-book, with a pencil of dimensions to match. Having put on his spectacles, he opened the pocket-book, at a blank page, and addressed himself to me once more.

      Its kind of funny to see how other people see betteredge since his descriptions of others are very well written. She doesnt seem to care about him but more about what hes doing. Betteredge focuses on looks and charachter.

    11. Five o’clock.–I have written my reply to Miss Verinder.

      If we were to consider date would it make sence to enter time too? Her perspective seems to to see time as a valuable component.

    12. June 17th

      Her meadof of writing dates is very intresting in the fact that she does not inclue the year. It makes sence on her end but for us it could be difficult to figure out the time period without looking back at other poeple entries.

    13. Exactly what happened last year, when I gave up my cigars.

      im not sure if smoking is symbolic or jjust a marker of the time period. Anyone have ideas? Ususally in modern times smoking cigars or cigarettes ususally shows people having a hard time. Im not sure if this was the stigma back then

    14. “The Sergeant said it!” cried Betteredge. “From first to last, sir, the Sergeant said she had got a memorandum of the hiding-place. And here it is! Lord save us, Mr. Franklin, here is the secret that puzzled everybody, from the great Cuff downwards, ready and waiting, as one may say, to show itself to you! It’s the ebb now, sir, as anybody may see for themselves. How long will it be till the turn of the tide?” He looked up, and observed a lad at work, at some little distance from us, mending a net. “Tammie Bright!” he shouted at the top of his voice.

      eventhought she left that description I dont think it is the moonstone. It would be too easy, I wanna see them go though more hoops!

    15. “Steady, sir!” proceeded Betteredge. “I mean what I say. Rosanna Spearman left a sealed letter behind her–a letter addressed to you.” “Where is it?”

      what a cliff hanger! could she have written anything that coud help him with the mystery of the moonstone?

    16. Let the Diamond be, Mr. Franklin! Take my advice, and let the Diamond be! That cursed Indian jewel has misguided everybody who has come near it. Don’t waste your money and your temper–in the fine spring time of your life, sir–by meddling with the Moonstone. How can you hope to succeed (saving your presence), when Sergeant Cuff himself made a mess of it? Sergeant Cuff!” repeated Betteredge, shaking his forefinger at me sternly. “The greatest policeman in England!”

      hes making it seem as if the lost diamond is a lost cause. Franklin doesnt want to give up weather or not cuff or anyone is on his side. He will find out who took the diamond!

    17. For the rest of that woman’s life, Mr. Franklin, I never had to cook my dinner again! Moral: You have put up with Miss Rachel in London; don’t put up with her in Yorkshire. Come back to the house!”

      This is a really intresting take on dealing with Rachel. I think she would still be angry and not even give him a chance to make it better. After all she keeks dodging him

    18. The answer came back, literally in one sentence.

      shes really trying to avoid him at all costs. She seems to be borthered by him but im not too sure why. I wonder how much effort blake is going to put into getting a response

    19. It informed me that my father was dead, and that I was heir to his great fortune. The wealth which had thus fallen into my hands brought its responsibilities with it, and Mr. Bruff entreated me to lose no time in returning to England.

      There is a large presence of death and tragety in the novel. I think that because it is a detective novel, it needs to have a morose and eerie theme. The concept of a mystery over a crused diamond, wrtiting wills, and death of a father really set the scene.


      everyone qrites their dates differently and that makes it kin of hard to follow the time line. I reccoment writting it down, it helps.

      Overall he is a really good story teller and is easier to follow than bettereage.

    21. We will take the question of the ages of the three Indians first. I can testify that they all look much about the same age–and you can decide for yourself, whether the man whom you saw was, or was not, in the prime of life. Not forty, you think? My idea too. We will say not forty. Now look back to the time when Colonel Herncastle came to England, and when you were concerned in the plan he adopted to preserve his life. I don’t want you to count the years. I will only say, it is clear that these present Indians, at their age, must be the successors of three other Indians

      These descriptions are very well made. I was skeptical of an old detective novel but now the moonstone is strating to become more intresting. the plot thickens!

    22. the Moonstone, or, to speak more correctly, on the subject of the Indian plot to steal the Diamond.

      seems like theyre really sure that it was the indians.

    23. I have degraded myself by ever thinking of him as my husband. If I say what you tell me to say to him–I am owning that I have degraded myself to his face.

      This makes me happy to hear as a feminist. SHes awakening to the pariarchy.

    24. This was news indeed! There was absolutely nothing which could be contested in the Will; and there was nobody I could think of who had the slightest interest in examining it.

      Why are they all so concerned with each other's will? Arent wills personal and legal documents? THey seem pretty nosey.

    25. “Yes,” said Sir John. “Only, I put it shorter. Why can’t you put it shorter, and let me go to sleep again? Everything to my wife. That’s my Will.”

      Hes a good husband. But it seems like he doesnt care much about his will. Bruff is more concerend than John

    26. Lord! what a compliment he will feel it, to be asked to take nothing on hear-say, and to be treated in all respects like a Judge on the bench.

      Hes pretty ,uch calling us out as just judging their actions as outsiders.

    27. Here was another of your average good Christians, and here was the usual break-down, consequent on that same average Christianity being pushed too far!

      Betterage is very critical and judgmental pf everything. heres him being crtivcalover a good christian

    28. “He’s a murderer! he’s a murderer! he’s a murderer! He has been the death of Rosanna Spearman!” She screamed that answer out at the top of her voice. One or two of the people at work in the grounds near us looked up–saw it was Limping Lucy–knew what to expect from that quarter–and looked away again.

      shes making very provokative claims. betteredge seems to treat her like shes crazy

    29. “When I came here from London with that horrible Diamond,” he said, “I don’t believe there was a happier household in England than this. Look at the household now! Scattered, disunited–the very air of the place poisoned with mystery and suspicion!

      The very thing that made them happy and united is what is breaking them apart. The power of the diamond

    30. Is it conceivable that I should allow myself to be trifled with in this way? It is quite conceivable, in Rachel’s present state. She is in a condition of nervous agitation pitiable to see. I dare not approach the subject of the Moonstone again until time has done something to quiet her.

      she is dumfounded with the mystery of the diamond herself. she is asking herself a seriese of question that provokes us as thre readers to ask ourselves too.

    31. . The Oriental noblemen had removed their own illuminated manuscript, and had removed nothing else.

      they knew exactly what they were looking for was

    32. The Christian Hero never hesitates where good is to be done.

      SHe seems to value christianity in other people too.

    33. Friday, June 30th

      She writes her dates differently from the past ways

    34. . He has purchased my time, but not even his wealth can purchase my conscience too

      she wants her past acceptance for moeny to not taint her charachter

    35. Evening Hymn

      She seems to be religious

    36. “Nobody has stolen the diamond,” answered Sergeant Cuff

      Cuff is really god at leaving everyone in suspence. Maybe if he shares his thought then it will ruin the investigation

    37. from Miss Rachel;

      they seem to be on to Miss Rachel. She seems to be pretty upset about that

    38. “No,” he said, “we’ll take the matter of the paint first. It’s a question of Yes or No with the paint–which is short. It’s a question of petticoats with the women–which is long. What o’clock was it when the servants were in this room yesterday morning? Eleven o’clock–eh? Is there anybody in the house who knows whether that paint was wet or dry, at eleven yesterday morning?”

      Cuff seems to be aproaching everything calmly.

    39. roses,

      roses, rosane, rosery. What is the theme of roses?

    40. I privately wondered, on my side, how the celebrated Cuff had got his reputation.

      Cuff is known for his great reputation. Betteredge seems skeptical like he usually is but hes giving him a shot.

    41. “I’ve never been taught to tell lies Mr. Policeman!–and if father can stand there and hear me accused of falsehood and thieving, and my own bed-room shut against me, and my character taken away, which is all a poor girl has left, he’s not the good father I take him for!”

      Panelope's character is very strong. She seems to be a reflection of her father but at the same time she is also different from him. She is very blunt and hardheaded like her father. Only she seems to be more empatheic than he.

    42. “The poor ill-used Indians have been most unjustly put in prison,” says Mr. Franklin. “They are as innocent as the babe unborn. My idea that one of them was hidden in the house has ended, like all the rest of my ideas, in smoke. It’s been proved,” says Mr. Franklin, dwelling with great relish on his own incapacity, “to be simply impossible.”

      here they debunk that the theif is a stranger. The their has to be one of the people who were in the house that night

    43. As the doubt crossed my mind, the dogs themselves came galloping at me round a corner, rolling each other over on the wet grass, in such lively health and spirits that it was with no small difficulty I brought them to reason, and chained them up again.

      Since the dogs didnt attack I assume it was someone familliar to them. Maybe they should look at people they know opposed to strangers.

    44. “Father!” she screamed, “come up-stairs, for God’s sake! The diamond is gone!” “Are you out of your mind?” I asked her.

      the mystery begins! took him long enough to get here after so many tangets

    45. In the country those men came from, they care just as much about killing a man, as you care about emptying the ashes out of your pipe. If a thousand lives stood between them and the getting back of their Diamond–and if they thought they could destroy those lives without discovery–they would take them all. The sacrifice of caste is a serious thing in India, if you like. The sacrifice of life is nothing at all.

      The moonstone is saught after from all people. The person who takes is would be a person who wants the moon stone for themselves. This seems to be something that people are willing to kill for.

    46. The Devil (or the Diamond) possessed that dinner-party; and it was a relief to everybody when my mistress rose, and gave the ladies the signal to leave the gentlemen over their wine.

      I think that he is starting to belive in the moonstones powers even though he is a known skeptic. The matnion of the devil is supernatural and showing some sort of change in his perviouse belifes.

    47. Miss Rachel, safe in England, was quite delighted to hear of her danger in India. The Bouncers were more delighted still; they dropped their knives and forks with a crash, and burst out together vehemently, “O! how interesting!”

      They seem to be the elite of england where they are sheltered and find excitement at the thought of a dangerous place. This shows how entitlement can lead to the exploitation or misinterpretation of others.

    48. Lord bless us! it was a Diamond! As large, or nearly, as a plover’s egg! The light that streamed from it was like the light of the harvest moon. When you looked down into the stone, you looked into a yellow deep that drew your eyes into it so that they saw nothing else.

      this is one of the best descriptions of the moonstone. This description makes the reader more intreigues with the plot since now we have a better idea of what the moonstone looks like and the impact is has on people

    49. On the fourteenth, came Mr. Godfrey’s answer.

      I thought that these chapters were being taken place all on the same day. Now I wonder what the time line looks like withing chapters

    50. She was unlike most other girls of her age, in this–that she had ideas of her own, and was stiff-necked enough to set the fashions themselves at defiance, if the fashions didn’t suit her views.

      Here is another example of how present sexism was present. She was being describes as beautiful with no flaws besides being outspoken.

    51. Nine times out of ten they take to torturing something, or to spoiling something–and they firmly believe they are improving their minds, when the plain truth is, they are only making a mess in the house. I have seen them (ladies, I am sorry to say, as well as gentlemen) go out, day after day, for example, with empty pill-boxes, and catch newts, and beetles, and spiders, and frogs, and come home and stick pins through the miserable wretches, or cut them up, without a pang of remorse, into little pieces

      Hes very cynical and skeptic. He sees everything else as nonsence and looks down on it with strong opinions. Panelope caught on to her fathers judgments earlier in the past chapter

    52. a little bright object, lying on the clean gravel, under the light of the moon. Picking the object up, I discovered it was a small bottle, containing a thick sweet-smelling liquor, as black as ink.

      Considering this is a mystery novel, keeping track of the clues is important. Heres one

    53. Try that sort of answer when your wife or your daughter next worries you with an awkward question at an awkward time, and depend on the natural sweetness of women for kissing and making it up again at the next opportunity.

      this seems very telling of the outdated gender roles

    54. But she points out one objection. She says what I have done so far isn’t in the least what I was wanted to do. I am asked to tell the story of the Diamond and, instead of that, I have been telling the story of my own self. Curious, and quite beyond me to account for

      Maybe the author is not so intrested in the story of the Moonstop themselves considering they cant focus on the topic

    55. If you are curious to know what course I took under the circumstances, I beg to inform you that I did what you would probably have done in my place. I modestly declared myself to be quite unequal to the task imposed upon me–and I privately felt, all the time, that I was quite clever enough to perform it, if I only gave my own abilities a fair chance

      The author is turning to their family and asks them to put themselves into their shoes. The author is explaining their actions as the most lagical given the circumstances.

    56. “Who’s got the Moonstone?”

      The title of the writing is being brought up. With the Moonstone being something that is a "joke" which seems to be mocking the author as they try to "establish order"

    57. you

      The author is used "you" to adress the reader. Considering the Prologue I assume "you" is the authors family.

    1. I work on its canonical fraction, which is not evenone per cent of published literature.

      This really puts the amount of written works into perspective. Does it matter how many books youve read? Or does it matter how you ready them? so quality over quantity?