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Vanity FairIn chapter "In Which the Reader is Introduced to the Very Best of Company"...

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myobfierce | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2011 at 1:15 AM via web

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Vanity Fair

In chapter "In Which the Reader is Introduced to the Very Best of Company" there's a passage where Becky lies about where (and one might surmise how) she obtained her diamonds.. She hides them in a desk that Amelia had given her long ago.
That she chooses that one piece of furniture is interesting; certainly she has a house fulled with drawers.
Do you think  that the reason Becky hid her treasures in something that Amelia had given her was a way to subliminally acknowledge her connection to Amelia ?
Or maybe a way for Becky to remind herself how far she's come; from practical gifts from women to luxuries from men.
or is sometimes a cigar just a cigar?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 3, 2011 at 2:24 AM (Answer #2)

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I don't necessarily think that a cigar is just a cigar. One of the joys of literature is the way that we can read in to such tiny details, and Thackeray is of course a master novelist and such details are not given by accident. I definitely think that Becky's choice of hiding place is very significant, as it does link her very strongly to Amelia and says a lot about their relationship and the openness and honesty that there is between them. Let us remember that Amelia is a character who has known Becky the longest and the best.

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