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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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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