• Chapter 14 contains the iconic confrontation between Mrs. Danvers and the narrator in Rebecca’s bedroom.
• Rather than being covered with drop cloths, she finds the room “fully furnished, as though in use.” There are flowers, Rebecca’s personal items like brushes and combs.
• There is the scent of white azalea and a dressing gown that “had not been touched or laundered since it was last worn.”
• Mrs. Danvers appears “Triumphant, gloating, excited in a strange unhealthy way.” The narrator feels “frightened.”
• Mrs. Danvers says she was “ready to show it to” her every day. She seems (in the narrator’s words) “excited” to show her the room and the personal items.
• In an odd and intimate action, Mrs. Danvers “forced the slippers over my hands.”
• Mrs. Danvers tells the narrator that Maxim was “always laughing and gay then.”
• After the confrontation, the narrator felt “bruised and numb from the pressure of her fingers.”
• Mrs. Danvers starts to spin a spell over the narrator saying: “Listen to the sea.” Maxim was pacing “up and down, up and down.” “I feel her everywhere. You do too, don’t you?” “sometimes I wonder…Sometimes I wonder if she comes back here to Manderley and watches you and Mr. de Winter together.”
• The narrator describes Danny’s “white skull’s face of hers, how malevolent, how full of hatred.”
• After the confrontation, the narrator goes back to her bedroom. “I felt deadly sick.”
Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers
Judith Anderson was an Australian actress who was a success on stage, and in film and television. After trying and failing in California and New York, she finally made a Broadway debut in 1922. She the toured in Australia and New Zealand. And worked in California and London.
She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in 1941 for Rebecca.
Kings Row (1942)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)