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The Collector The Collector is the story of the abduction and imprisonment of Miranda Grey by Frederick Clegg told first from his point of view and then from hers by means of a diary she has kept with a return in the last few pages to Cleggs narration of her illness and death Cleggs section begins with his recalling how he used to watch Miranda entering and leaving her house across the street from the town hall in which he worked He describes keeping an observation diary about her whom he thinks of as a rarity and his mention of meetings of the Bug Section confirms that he is an amateur lepidopterist On the first page then Clegg reveals himself to possess the mind-set of a collector one whose attitude leads him to regard Miranda as he would a beautiful butterfly as an object from which he may derive pleasurable control even if collecting her will deprive her of freedom and life Clegg goes on to describe events leading up to his abduction of her from dreams about Miranda and memories of his stepparents or coworkers to his winning a small fortune in a football pool When his family emigrates to Australia and Clegg finds himself on his own he begins to fantasize about how Miranda would like him if only she knew him He buys a van and a house in the country with an enclosed room in its basement that he remodels to make securable and hideable When he returns to London Clegg watches Miranda for 10 days Then as she is walking home alone from a movie he captures her using a rag soaked in chloroform ties her up in his van takes her to his house and locks her in the basement room When she awakens Clegg finds Miranda sharper than normal people like himself She sees through some of his explanations and recognizes him as the person whose picture was
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