Discussion Questions for Group 7: MDF, EG, and AT
1. “You see,” she said, snapping the top, and walking down the stairs, “you are so very different from Rebecca” (107).
Beatrice makes this comment after meeting the narrator for the first time. Throughout the section, the differences between Rebecca and the narrator are repeatedly mentioned and implied. What does this say about Rebecca? Why do you think everyone makes such a point of noting the differences between Rebecca and the narrator?
2. “I was sitting in Rebecca’s chair, I was leaning against Rebecca’s cushion, and the dog had come to me and laid his head upon my knee because that had been his custom, and he remembered, in the past, she had given sugar to him there” (79).
How does this statement reinforce the narrator’s feelings of being “second best” to a dead woman? What are other examples of the narrator’s insecurities? How do these insecurities affect her relationship with Maxim?