He was a child who never fell for a girl she knew better. Had to read the book the moment the movie was over. While both women are compelling personalities and complicated to the men involved, I think they are very different, both in type and motivation. And the final theory would maybe be an amalgam, Life Is Messy view that maybe lands somewhere in the middle. Characters are complex, interesting, and flawed. He was raised by his bachelor uncle Ambrose, the owner of a large country estate on the Cornish coast. I think she manipulated Phillip into giving her the money so she could live the rest of her life wealthy but she still cared for Phillip enough that she planned to take care of him after she had the estate.
She arrives at the estate, and while he vows to confront her, he meets her in the and is infatuated by the older woman's beauty as they share tea. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin! We were both interested to see if it lived up to the hype and how it compared to the author's other words. I did go into it knowing the ending because I had seen an old black and white 1952 movie version of the book by Henry Koster. A scathingly wicked masterpiece- This book has a very heavy atmospheric quality that drew me in right from the start. They accompany each other on riding excursions, and no longer suspecting her of foul play, he throws an accusatory letter on a campfire. By the way, that quick turn is in the book as well.
Philip Ashley, the narrator of this story, reminds me of a big, sulkily pouting baby who is always ready to throw his toys out of the cot. Maybe I shall learn that too, in purgatory. There he falls in love and marries - and there he dies suddenly. And so Phillip departs, and heads back to Cornwall. But with this movie, I think we got a bit of evidence that decidedly answers the question as to which theory is at work here.
It has the same dark, mysterious atmosphere to it, the same kind of wonderfully developed characters and a great storyline that captivated me from beginning to end. . Everything is seen through the eyes of the young male narrator. The lawyer assures Philip that Ambrose died from a brain tumor, and that the doctors had feared that the tumor would make him paranoid. Even when he gives handsomely it is for an ulterior motive. I think Rebecca simply had a very skewed moral compass with underlying perversity.
Nick was weary of Rachel as he should be as guardian. Contemporary thriller writers could learn a thing or two from Daphne du Maurier. Meanwhile, Rachel stays on at the mansion, and encourages Philip's infatuation with her. We are overlooking the most important fact of all: Once she had it in her power to do so, she did not throw Philip out. Regardless 'which' Daphne du Maurier book one chooses to read. Again not the actions of someone who is in pain despite her crocodile tears. Or a black widow drawing Philip into her web? Phillip is the murderer in this tale.
Set in England in the early nineteenth century, My Cousin Rachel is a master work of gothic romantic mystery. The novel is insular in scope, with most of the action taking place at the Ashley estate, or in the mind of the narrator, Philip. Philip is distraught, but searches for her in Italy. The next day, Rachel went to see Nick Kendall about the estate document. They wanted to travel to England, but it would not be for a long time as there were many financial affairs to sort out. On the day Rachel is due to arrive, Philip goes out so that there will be no one to receive her.
He looks exactly like Ambrose. And Philip is naïve and foolish. As yes the film also mentions the death of his parents. But if you think about it for even a second you see through what is happening really quickly. But the cozy world the two construct is shattered when Ambrose sets off on a trip to Florence. Life just kept getting in the way of my precious reading time. Maybe I shall learn that too, in purgatory.
She was a douche and he was an immature virgin who finally looked at a woman. Though not too shabby here with 'They used to hang men at Four Tunings in the old days'. The house, they are told, smells like a kennel and nothing has been changed or improved for many a year. Philip then realizes that in order to reach the garden, Rachel must cross a bridge that the builder had deemed unsafe. The long moments when characters sit slowly drinking tea, reading letters out loud, or tossing bales of hay around a barn make My Cousin Rachel's sudden, shocking scenes of sex and violence all the punchier.