The Moonstone

by: Wilkie Collins

Godfrey Ablewhite

Characters Godfrey Ablewhite

At the beginning of The Moonstone, Godfrey Ablewhite seems to be everything that Franklin Blake isn't. Godfrey is tall, conventionally good- looking, religious-minded, educated in England, and has good financial standing. We do not begin to see Godfrey's hypocritical side until Miss Clack's narrative. Miss Clack is herself hypocritical and her alignment with Godfrey reveals some of his dishonesty and duplicity. By the end of the novel, Godfrey is revealed to be a sham. He has been leading a double life and all of the qualities (except his good looks), which had made him seem a more attractive partner for Rachel than Franklin, turn out to be lies. Thus, Godfrey's character is used as a metaphor for the movement of the novel as a whole, in which appearances are not what they seem, as well as how English society suspects Indian intruders to be responsible for crimes on English soil when the crimes are actually committed by an Englishman.