Forgive me, I stayed up too late last night playing Mystery Masterpiece: The Moonstone Game (they refer to Clack as Drusilla in the game and I got confused and thought she was a new character and Mrs Verinder is already dead and there is just soooo much wrong about it but I can't STOP clicking all the things!) instead of writing posts about how I Finished The Moonstone And Am Full of Feelings and so you're getting this rushed, irreverent post instead of the deep, thoughty one you all deserve.
Yes, so many feelings. I'm kind of "Yay! The Indians got their cultural artefact back home!" and "Boo! Godfrey turned out to be a desperate opportunist instead of a calculating criminal mastermind." Also, "Boo! Betteredge is mean to Ezra Jennings," but also "Yay! Betteredge is friends with Ezra Jennings!"
And I kinda-sorta wanted a bisexual love triangle to form between Rachel, Franklin, and Ezra BUT IT WAS NOT TO BE.
Also, Rosanna did not come back from the dead to comfort poor Limping Lucy. Goshdarnit.
Spinoffs I want to see:
- Limping Lucy does go to London where she meets Nan and Flo from Tipping the Velvet, falls in love with a nice suffragette who returns her feelings, and lives as happily ever after as a lesbian in Victorian England can.
- The discovery of Ezra Jennings' will (he must have had a will as he wanted to leave his own "little patrimony") eventually leads to his wife and daughter and we finally learn the Tragic History of Ezra Jennings.
- Octavius Guy, Boy Detective, stars in a serious of thrilling adventures in the Victorian London Underworld, then grows up to become a famous alienist, and rubs shoulders with the elderly, bee-keeping Sherlock Holmes.
- A version of The Moonstone told through Indian eyes. Murthwaite, in talking with Bruff after dinner, says "I will only say, it is clear that these present Indians, at their age, must be the successors of three other Indians (high caste Brahmins all of them, Mr. Bruff, when they left their native country!) who followed the Colonel to these shores." What must it have been like to be an Indian living in Britain called on to help or succeed these Brahmins? Did it cause a conflict of interest or loyalty? What was it like to be Other in Victorian England (not very pleasant, I would hazard)? And what was it like to return the sacred stone to its statue in India after seeing it last adorn the bosom of some English miss?