Chapter 19 Summary
Below Danvers and the girl, de Winter is running and shouting for Frith. He tells the butler that a ship, in the fog, must have mistaken their small bay for the larger harbor. Frith is to tell everyone in the house to prepare food and drink and inform Crawley about what has happened. As de Winter heads back to the bay to help, Danvers turns from the window, her face once more an expressionless mask, and shuts the window. The girl is still in a daze, unsure of herself or the housekeeper. Danvers makes the arrangements for food to be prepared as the girl walks down to the terrace.
Looking up, she sees the window where she and Danvers had just been and notes how high and remote it seems. Suddenly she feels feverish and “black dots jump about in the air” in front of her; she is about to faint. The heat is oppressive, and it is difficult for her to believe that just twenty-four hours ago she and the others had been joyfully anticipating the fancy dress ball. She feels sick at the memory but suddenly realizes that her husband must not have left her, as she had feared.
Finally she walks to the beach where she sees the ship, tilting at an awkward angle. Crawley is speaking to a coast guard and waves her over to him. She learns that a diver will be sent down to see if the ship has “broken her back,” and they watch him disappear. Both men remark that de Winter is “splendid in anything like this,” offering food and beds at Manderley to any of the victims and doing what he can to ease the crisis.
Nothing will be determined for hours, but the girl does not want to walk back to the estate with Crawley. Eventually the girl walks to the adjacent cove where she finds Ben gathering winkles (snails). The simple man knows the foundering ship will break apart where it lies, but he says it will happen bit by bit rather than “sink like a stone like the little ‘un.” He thinks the fish have eaten “the other one” up by now, but the girl does not understand any of what he is saying and excuses herself.
As she approaches Manderley, the young girl’s heart is heavy with foreboding though the house looks peaceful. She is filled with bewilderment and pride as she realizes for the first time that this is her home. Inside, she looks at all the food; however, she feels empty, not hungry. She sits in the library and senses something unforeseen is about to happen, as if she has entered a new phase of her life and nothing will ever be the same again. Last night seems a lifetime ago to her now.
Captain Searle, the local harbor master, wants to speak personally with de Winter about an urgent matter, and the girl invites him to come to Manderley. After he arrives and they are waiting for de Winter, the captain tells the girl that the grounded boat has a large hole in it and will never sail again; however, he is here about another matter. He is...
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