The heroine doesn’t even have a name, she narrates the story as a flashback. An orphan and only 21, her life was as a paid companion and dogsbody.You can see the differences in their dress to reflect their exact position or lack of in life and society. Aristocratic and recently widowed Maximillian de Winter just happened to be staying at the same hotel. I confess I was more than a little obssessed with that name for a long time! They have dinner, fall in love and marry within weeks.He brings her home to this attractive Gothic pile in Cornwall, Manderley. Would you stay if this was the face that greeted you? The entire staff turn out to greet the new Mrs de Winter – how nice!Mrs Danvers gives a tour of her most favourite room. A shrine to the former Mrs de Winter. Beautiful it is indeed though cold. Everything is kept just as it was.Mrs Danvers caressing her former mistress’ fur coat……… At least there are some smiling faces. A ‘cousin’ of the former Mrs de Winter can’t keep away. There’s no end to Mrs Danvers’ talents.Slowly you can see an imporvement in Mrs de Winter’s sense of dress.The same theme applies in ‘Dial ‘M’ for Murder’, Grace Kelly’s character starts off being very dowdy and ends the film looking radiant. I loved these scenes, the clothes, the look and feel of those days. A fancy dress ball does not go to plan. Mrs Danvers almost succeeds.The past catches up on Maxim. There’s a new maturity and beauty. Difficult questions.Rebecca continues to haunt. Manderley in flames.And this is the last we see of Mrs Danvers.
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