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The Moonstone written by Wilkie Collins is described as being the first and best of modern English detective novels Wilkie Collins who is associated with Charles Dickens created many levels of intrigue and suspense through out the entire book The book seems way ahead of its time because of this It was published in 1868 a time when Britain was fighting against India in order to maintain control of the country The Moonstone is an expensive rare gem that brings a curse with it Originated from the head of an Indian god the moonstones curse is that it is usually stolen and the old keeper is usually killed by some means The Moonstones main character is Rachel Verinder This interesting that Collins chose a woman as the main character and gave a lot of life to her Her love interest Franklin Blake is another interesting character in the book who turns out to be the thief but even he doesnt know it A local doctor gives Blake a dose of opium a popular drug in the 1800s influences him to steal the jewel Blake comes through for the doctor but does not realize until he receives help from Ezra Jennings an outsider doctor who is addicted to opium and Sergeant Cuff a military officer Jennings uses his knowledge of opium in order to piece together the crime and find out what happened the night that Blake took the jewel The story is ended when the Brahmins recover the moonstone and return it to their deity Blake and Rachel end up together and all is well Despite the curses effects on most of its owners it doesnt work on Blake and Rachel This is most likely due to the fact that they werent searching for the jewel out of greed The jewel brought them closer together as a result of their adventure Everyone else who owned the jewel had a terrible fate ahead of them
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