Discussion Questions for Group 8: KC, LR, IS, JT
1. In Chapter 14, Mrs. Danvers gives the narrator a creepy tour of Manderley’s west wing:
“’Now you are here, let me show you everything,’ she said, her voice ingratiating and sweet as honey, horrible, false. ‘I know you want to see it all, you’ve wanted to for a long time, and you were too shy to ask. It’s a lovely room, isn’t it? The loveliest room you have ever seen.’ She took hold of my arm, and walked me towards the bed. I could not resist her, I was like a dumb thing. The touch of her hand made me shudder. And her voice was low and intimate, a voice I hated and feared” (170).
What type of tone and body language does Mrs. Danvers use during the tour? What does this tell you about Mrs. Danvers’ character? How does the tour add to the gothic sense of the house? How does the tour affect the relationship between the narrator and Mrs. Danvers?
2. In Chapter 13 we meet Mr. Favell who has come to visit “Danny” (Mrs. Danvers). When he finds the narrator hiding behind the door to avoid running into him, he begins small talk with her about Maxim:
“‘How’s old Max?’ he said.
“I was surprised at his tone. It sounded as though he knew him well. It was queer, to hear Maxim talked of as Max. No one called him that.
“’He’s very well, thank you,” I said, “He’s gone up to London.’
“’And left the bride all alone? Why, that’s too bad. Isn’t he afraid someone will come and carry you off?’” (162).
What do his visit and manners (e.g., use of informal names like Max and Danny) tell you about his character? How would you describe the relationship between Mr. Favell and Mrs. Danvers? What affect does Mr. Favell’s visit have on both the narrator and Mrs. Danvers?