In fact, Manderley can be seen as another box: a grandiose box, but a box nonetheless, in which the second wife feels herself to be buried.
Also by Du Maurier
For the sake of this Victorian Spectre and its equipment of panic and foreboding it is easy to overlook the equally Victorian weakness of the novel, the freakishly constructed characters, their odd behaviour, and Miss du Maurier’s sometimes individual grammar.
Rebecca contains elements of romance, murder mystery and the gothic novel: it defies easy categorisation, but parallels with Jane Eyre are unavoidable. Its plot—like Rebecca’s boat at the centre of its mystery—is less than wholly watertight. Yet it worked in 1938, when Victor Gollancz was able to market is as “an exquisite love story”, and it works today.
I felt nothing but sympathy for the devilish Rebecca. That second Mrs De Winter is a dreadful wimp.— Lily Power
It is to Ms Du Maurier’s credit that our opinions of her Rebecca say more of our character than of hers.— Brian Flanagan