The Moonstone

by: Wilkie Collins

Second Period, First Narrative, Chapters VI–VIII

Summary Second Period, First Narrative, Chapters VI–VIII

In these final chapters of Miss Clack's narrative, Godfrey is again revealed as a two-faced, untrustworthy character. We have seen, in Chapter V, Godfrey speak of both Miss Clack and the charity ladies with great scorn, and yet here, in Chapter VIII he is again respectful to Miss Clack and her work. This contradiction can only be reconciled by the polished hypocrisy at which both Miss Clack and Godfrey are so good. Their characters are again aligned in recognition of this practice of social hypocrisy achieved through Christian rhetoric—Godfrey asks Miss Clack's help with this specifically: "Exert your intellect, and help me Can you account for it [Godfrey's brief lapse from charity work and his proposal to Rachel], dear friend? It's quite beyond me." With Rachel's breaking off of her engagement to Godfrey, seemingly because of news she has had from Mr. Bruff, Godfrey now stands as the most legitimately suspicious character related to the theft of the diamond.