Footnote in History: Plagiarism or Inspiration?

A Sucessora (1934)

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Have you ever tried to write a novel? It’s a lonely occupation. And the pressure of your readers and publishers breathing down your neck can be more than most could endure, especially if you have suddenly become fashionable.

So, I suspect that this is what happened to Daphne du Maurier while writing “Rebecca”.

Most authors become sponges, soaking up many different influences, sometimes without even realizing what those influences are. And the incestuous relationships in the publishing industry would be a breeding ground of potential plagiarism due to the sharing of manuscripts. But did Daphne actually succumb to this (as she was sued by another author of doing), or was the world just jealous of her success?

Meet Carolina Nabuco (February 9, 1890 – August 18, 1981)

This image was taken when Ms. Nabuco was 60 years old. Doesn’t she look like a writer?

This is an ‘inspired’ birth time (which actually belongs to a different Nabuco: her father, Joaquim, the Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, born on August 19, 1849. Interesting coincidence: Carolina died August 18, 1981). The timing isn’t confirmed.

What I was hoping to see was if there is any duplicity in her chart. And there might be, with that Neptune/Pluto conjunction in Gemini. But that could also indicate a very perceptive awareness of other people’s inner thinking and motivations. A double-edged sword, it can cut both ways.

However, there are two inconjuncts, and they follow a familiar pattern.

Mercury Inconjunct Saturn

This aspect can have several different meanings. First of all, you may have hidden fears that are difficult to express, but they cause you to do things that others can’t understand. These may include fear of the dark or of certain places or people. Or this aspect can mean that you often feel depressed and sad for no apparent reason. You tend to see the serious side of life, and it weighs on you more than on most people.

On the plus side, this aspect can make you a very careful thinker. You may not attempt anything beyond your abilities as you see them, but whatever you do attempt will be done very well. You are a neat and careful worker.

Uranus Inconjunct Ascendant

Your need for freedom may interfere with your close relationships. When you are with others, even those you like, you feel very restless but you can’t get up and leave because you want to be with them. This is typical of the ambiguity that comes with this transit. Certainly, the more others try to restrict your freedom of movement, the more you try to get away.

The restless energies of this aspect should be given some kind of release, because otherwise they can turn inward to create the kind of rash and compulsive actions that lead to accidents.

Now, is it just me or do these aspects accurately describe the two Mrs. de Winters in Daphne du Maurier’s story? Strange that.

Oh, and one last, but not least, detail: when the second Mrs de Winter enters the ball, she is announced as Caroline de Winter. Otherwise she is unnamed. Significant?

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2 Responses to Footnote in History: Plagiarism or Inspiration?

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    The other point about the unnamed 2nd Mrs. de Winter is the fact that some reference is made to her having received a communication of some sort (in writing, no doubt), and her commenting that the name was spelled correctly. Daphne is a strange name, is it not? This is a personal touch.

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    • cdsmiller17 says:

      Soon after Maxim and the narrator meet, he comments on her Christian name, saying that it is ‘lovely and unusual’. She says that the name was given by her father, who was an artist, and that he was ‘a lovely and unusual person’. Her father’s death, and her being left alone with no assets or income, is the main reason she is now working as a ‘paid companion’ to the horrible Mrs van Hopper. When he sends a note of apology following their first meeting she comments that her name is on the envelope, and it is spelled correctly, ‘something that hardly ever happened’, which also marks Maxim as someone who is educated, sensitive, and in tune with her in some way. (from Enotes.com)

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