Meet Rebecca : an American girl
Here's her review of Daphne Du Maurier's novel Rebecca. protagonist who meets a handsome, older gentleman, Maxim de Winter, in Monte Carlo. Meet Rebecca An American Girl (Book): Greene, Jacqueline Dembar: In New York City, nine-year-old Rebecca is determined to show her family that she . This free synopsis covers all the crucial plot points of Rebecca. The story begins with her memories of how she and Maxim first met, in Monte Carlo, years .
Maxim's new wife is constantly compared to Rebecca, who was loved and admired by all, and faces cruelty from the malevolent Mrs Danvers, Rebecca's old maid.
As the new lady of the house, the main character struggles to adjust to Maxim's more privileged way of life and to find her own identity amongst Rebecca's legacy. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that Rebecca was not as angelic as people had believed her to be and her death is not as tragically accidental as it would seem Rebecca is an absolutely gripping and powerful novel to which any teenage girl can relate as the themes of identity crisis and competition with another woman will undoubtedly have resonance for many readers.
Manderley is brilliantly depicted as the hellish gothic mansion to which the protagonist cannot adjust and it is almost a character in itself as it seems to breathe and tremble with Rebecca's haunting presence.
Mrs Danvers too is a delightfully menacing character, whose devilish antics and abnormal obsession with Rebecca intensifies the gloomy atmosphere. Rebecca has something for everyone: Romance, Horror, Crime and Mystery and its delicious turn of events will leave readers astonished. Get involved Why not take a look at some of the other reviews young library volunteers have written?
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Despite Leo's fuss, Papa kept a smile on his face and mentions he had a special pair of shoes he'd been saving. He then hesitates, saying the shoes weren't just for ordinary boys, and Leo asks what was so special about them. Papa says the shoes were made with the same leather used for cowboy boots. Leo demands to see them, adding he saw cowboy boots in Western movies every week.
Rebecca fumed, jealous that Leo could watch movies despite being her age. Berg asks to see the shoes, stating she was willing to pay any price for them if it meant Leo would finally get some shoes. As Papa went into the back room, Rebecca asked him about the cowboy boot leather.
Papa winks and says that leather was just leather, weather it was on boots or shoes. Rebecca took her crocheting bag and walked to the front of the store, ignoring Leo. She begun to crochet near the window as Mrs. Berg looked over the latest women's shoes. She notices Rebecca and comments she didn't know that anyone still learned how to crochet since so few ladies made trousseau.
Rebecca wondered if the twins were right when they said no one made linens for their wedding chests anymore. She hold up her doily for Mrs.
Berg to see as she explained how she learned to crochet when she was six. She adds her Bubbie told her she had a natural talent for it. Papa tells Rebecca to let Mrs. Berg browse in peace and Rebecca closed her mouth, thinking how she talked too much again.
Berg took a closer look at her doily and says one couldn't buy such a fine doily for love or money. Rebecca swelled with pride as she thought how much nicer Mrs. Berg was than Leo. Feeling generous, Rebecca took a finished doily from her bag and offered Mrs. Berg one, explaining that she already made so many. Berg calls Rebecca a sweet child as she puts the doily in her bag, adding she would love to display it in her home.
Papa comes back with the shoes and starts to unwrap them dramatically. He sniffed the leather and says it was the aroma of saddles and boots. Rebecca fought back a giggle, thinking that Papa was an actor too. Leo smelt the shoe as well and put them on. He does a proud strut around the room with his new shoes on, and Mrs. Berg gushes that he looked handsome in them.
Leo says he would wear his new shoes home, and Mrs. Rubin could get rid of the old shoes. Rebecca put away the rejected shoes as papa worked the cashier. Berg left, she handed Rebecca something. Rebecca gasped when she saw that Mrs. Berg gave her a whole quarter for the doily.
Not wanting Papa to see the money and possibly tell her to return it she put it in her bag. She picks up Leo's old shoes and notes that they were hardly scuffed.
Papa instructs her to put them on the work bench, assuring her they would be put to good use. As she put the shoes on the workbench, she noticed many other worn children shoes among the tools. Rebecca asked what he was going to use the shoes for, but a customer enters before he can answer.
An Italian woman with a boy Benny's age enters and explains her son's shoes were too small. She heard from a friend that his shoe store didn't cost too much. Papa took off the little boy's shoes and Rebecca notices the soles were worn all the way through. The woman comments that one would think her son would have plenty of shoes since his father worked in a shoe factory. Papa picked up the old pair of shoes and says he would try to see if he could fix them.
As Rebecca crocheted, she noticed the boy look at her and she winks at him, sending him into giggles. Papa returned with a polished pair of shoes as he says he fixed them up so they hardly look like the same pair. The boys tries on the shoes and happily exclaims he could wiggle his toes. Rebecca looked at the shoes and remarked they didn't look like the same pair, but Papa's stern look silenced her. When the woman asked the cost, Papa explains she didn't need to pay for a small fix-up job. She gives him a grateful smile and the two leave the store, the boy hopping down the street.
Papa quietly tells Rebecca he kept old shoes for situations like this. Rebecca asks if the lady knew what he did and Papa nods. He explains that it was best not to talk bout it as no one liked taking charity.
Rebecca hugs her father, telling him he did a good thing. Papa explains it was Mitzvahand they should help others when ever they could. He tells Rebecca her heart tells her the right thing to do, but assumes she already knew that. Rebecca felt bad as she thought about her cousin. Shouldn't she be doing something to help her? As the store grew busier, Rebecca stopped thinking about Ana.
She thought about the money Mrs. Berg gave her and wondered if she should bring more doilies with her next week in case she came back. She asks Papa if she could work with him every Saturday and he says they'll see. Two for the Show The next day, Rebecca was trying to clean the candle wax off the candlesticks.
She was grumpy that she had the clean them when she couldn't even light them. She then thought about Ana and wondered if she should give up her savings towards the tickets.
But Papa had already refused her money, and he would get the tickets soon, wouldn't he? Sadie and Sophie read Hamlet out loud to each other as Papa read his paper. Benny ran around with his toy airplane and Papa reminds him to keep quiet for his sisters. Victor was out playing stick ball, Mama had gone out and as Rebecca put away the candlesticks, she decides she didn't' want to stay inside.
As she heard Sadie and Sophie recite their lines, Rebecca is reminded of her performance of the fairy tale with Max.
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She then gets an idea: Rebecca puts on Mama's straw hat and a black wool scarf as she announced she was going outside. Before she could run off, Benny asks to come along and Papa orders her to take him with her. Rebecca heart sank as Benny grabbed his marbles and his cap. Bubbie interrupts Rebecca's show. The two went down to the front steps of the row house.
With the stoop empty and the cared lion's heads on each side of the door, int looked just like a stage. Rebecca tells her brother to get out of the way so she could put on her show, but Benny asks to join in. Rebecca knew her brother would keep on bothering her if she said no. She gave him the role of an organ grinder's monkey, having him collect coins with his cap. Benny begins to screech like a monkey and he asks where the crow was.
Rebecca explains the show hasn't started yet as she went to the top of the steps. She begun to sing her favorite song 'Take Me out to the ball Game', but no passersby stopped. Rebecca thought if she kept patient, a crowd would come.
But no one had stopped or paid a penny when the song was over. A few people had paused to watch and as Rebecca ended the song, she noticed a man putting a penny into the cap.
Recalling Max's advice about making the audience laugh, she started to sprinkle the sidewalk with imaginary powder. She asks Benny to ask what she was doing and he does so. She announces she was sprinkling lion powder and he asks what it was for. More people joined the crowd, trying to see what she was sprinkling. Rebecca was glad the routine was going well. She replies loudly it was to keep the lions away.
Benny started to laugh, but he went along with the routine and said the only lions were toe carved ones, getting a chuckle from the audience. Rebecca delivers the punchline and the audience laugh, Benny holding his hat to collect the change. Rebecca then cried out as someone pinched her ear. Bubbie scolds Rebecca that she was shaming them, adding Mrs.
Rossi was even seeing her beg.
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As she gets dragged away, she asks what she did wrong. She asks why it was okay for Max to earn money in a show, but not for her. Bubbie says Rebecca wouldn't want to be a poor man like Max. But Rebecca really did want to be a performer, and she didn't see anything wrong with putting on a show to earn money. Rebecca whispers to Benny to bring his cap inside. Bubbie led Rebecca into the girls' bedroom and let, closing the door behind her.
The twins look up from their book and Sadie laughs that Rebecca wasn't ready for the stage, but the hat suited her. Rebecca flushes an says that people liked her show enough to pay for it. Just then, Benny bursted into the room with his cap and dumped the pennies onto her bed. Rebecca only counted six pennies, but she figured it was better than nothing. She begins to put the coins away with the rest of her savings when Benny complains he wanted some money too.
Rebecca argues it was her idea, but Benny mentions he helped with the joke. When she gives him one penny, she whines that Rebecca had more than him. She gives him two more coins, deciding this was better than having Bubbie come in to settle it. As Benny dashed off, Rebecca felt dismayed that all her efforts only got her three pennies. Sadie closes the book and announces they were going to the park as it was too loud in the apartment.
Rebecca flopped onto her bed and thought about her show. It seemed like a good idea, but Bubbie definitely didn't approve. She wondered if the neighbors were laughing at her, but it hardly mattered as she couldn't earn much money singing on the stoop. She thinks how the most money she earned at one time was the quarter from Mrs. As Rebecca put away her savings into the trunk, she looked at all the linens and doilies she was supposed to save until she was grown up.
She knew she wouldn't be able to use all the linens in her entire life, but they give her another idea. Rebecca started to pack the linens into her bag until it bulged. If Papa would let her work in the sore for a few more Saturdays, she would earn all the money she needed. In a few weeks, she would be able to light the candles with her sister and everyone, including Bubbie, would be proud of her.
When Papa was busy in the back room, she would drape some of her linen over a chair. Rebecca would hum and rearrange the pieces as some ladies looked at the shoes nearby. Eventually they'd noticed the work and would ask if it was for sale.
Rebecca would say no, explaining she made them herself and it took so long. The lad would offer some money to change her mind and Rebecca would murmur she couldn't since Papa might be angry. That would usually get the lady to pay a little bit more while whispering it would be their secret. They would make the exchange and when Papa came back from the back room, the lady would put her finger to her lips and Rebecca would smile in return.
This routine would repeat itself multiple times. Rebecca told herself that she wasn't offering to sell her work, and she didn't even bargain. She discovered that people would offer more money if she simply said the item wasn't for sale.
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That day, Rebecca was cleaning up the unwanted shoes, avoiding Papa's eyes. She was worried that Papa would really get angry if she knew what she was doing. An elderly man comments to Papa that he had a fine helper and maybe one day the store would be called 'Rubin and Daughter'.
Rebecca thinks that she could also become an actress, but she keeps it to herself. The case was filled with some shoe repair items and Rebecca think show it would be prettier to display and sell the doilies there.
Rebecca asks about Ana. As they walked home, Papa comments that Rebecca was unusually quiet that evening. He assumes that being a working girl was more tiring than she expected, but Rebecca wasn't tired. She was thinking about her linen sales.
They had sold better than expected, and now she had more than enough to buy her candlesticks. Rebecca was happy with the news at first, but then she realized her trousseau trunk was nearly empty now. Bubbie would be upset to find that she sold her work. She also couldn't stop thinking about her sick cousin Ana. Rebecca asks if Ana was still sick and if she was going to come to America soon.
Papa says that he hasn't heard anymore news about Ana and while he has been saving money, they sill needed a great deal more. Papa assures her he would send Uncle Jacob the tickets as soon as possible, but Rebecca felt uncertain. Papa said he didn't want her savings, but now she had much more than 27 cents. While Rebecca still wanted to light the candles, the thought of buying candlesticks had lost it's glow.
Recalling Papa's words about Mitzvah and following her heart, she realizes she had to think of Ana and give Papa her money so he could buy the ship tickets sooner. Rebecca was about to make her offer when she realized Papa would ask where she got the money. If he found out she sold her needlework, he might get angry along with Bubbie and Mama. She couldn't tell them what she had done. As Rebecca and Papa approached their row house, they saw Mr.
Rossi washing chalk off the sidewalk. Rossi cleaned the building in exchange for his rent, but he often acted as if he owned the building. He complains that kids were always drawing chalk marks on the sidewalk as the glowered at Rebecca. Rebecca defends herself and explains she was working at her father's store all day.
Rossi only says that tomorrow it could be her. Rebecca thought he was a grouch and wonders why he was so annoyed about chalk on a sidewalk that he didn't even own. But Rebecca didn't want to waste her time worrying about Mr. Her problem was more important than Mr. All through dinner Rebecca thought about her predicament. She then realized Uncle Jacob mentioned Ana may not survive another winter and Rebecca feared that Ana might die. She realized she had to give Papa the money before it was too late, but how could she admit what she had done?
Rebecca barely looked up as Max entered and joined the dinner table. Mama asks if Max felt like tea and he jokes that he didn't feel like tea while pinching his arm. He pinches Rebecca's cheek and says she felt more like a rosy peach than tea, but Rebecca couldn't smile. She knew what she had to do, but why was it so hard? Rebecca thought about how much courage Ana would need to escape Russia and if she wanted to help her, she would have to show some courage, too.
She begins to tell Papa when Max mentions he didn't just come around to sponge a dinner from them. He explains he saw in a newsreel that fewer ships were leaving Europe due to the war and there was no time to spare if they wanted to help Uncle Jacob and his family. Papa snaps that he was doing the best he could and Max adds he really did to come to help as he pulled out his wallet. He explains that the audition he mentioned last time worked out, and now he was Max the movie star.
Rebecca stared at Max in amazement as Grandpa asked if it was a good job. Max says it was a steady job which he got paid every week for, and he got his first paycheck yesterday. Bubbie gasps as Max pulls out five ten dollar bills from his wallet and hands it to Papa. He mentions he wouldn't need to borrow anymore money and hoped this would help buy the tickets. Max refuses to take it back, saying it was payment for all the money Papa loaned to him before. He adds it would also pay for all the dinners he would join in now that he lived in the city as he winked at Mama.
Papa shook Max's hand and accepted the gift, admitting it would help very much. He could borrow the rest of the money they needed, even if it took him a while to pay off.
Max then asks if it was true there were people in the family who never saw a moving picture. Mama says she was one of them as she winked at Rebecca. Rebecca could hardly believe the news. Bubbie and Grandpa exchanged nervous glances, but Max assure them it was just a Charlie Chaplin comedy appropriate for the whole family. He nudges Rebecca as he mentions there was also a Perils of Pauline episode, but Rebecca didn't feel happy.
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When Papa and Mama would learn what she had done, she probably wouldn't be allowed to go. Tears in her eyes, Rebecca left and returned with her bag. She says she had something to tell Papa and asks him not to be angry as she pulled out all of her change from her bag.
Everyone stared at Rebecca as Mama asked where the money came from. Rebecca's face burned as she explained she old all her needlework at the shoe store. Bubbie cries out that it was such a shame and Rebecca apologizes as she looked down.
She answered Sadie's question of how she sold them and tears f shame filled her eyes. Mama shook her head and asked why Rebecca did it. She replies quietly that she wanted to buy candlesticks so she could light the candles on Shabbos as well. Everyone sat in silence as Rebecca wished she could make herself disappear.
Mama came over and lifted Rebecca's chin, sighing she was always so impatient. She shares that she was impatient once, and she thought she would never get old enough to light the candles. Mama hugs Rebecca's and Rebecca begins to cry. She sobs that the more she sold, she less important the candlesticks seemed.