Talk:The Moonstone

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Plot Weakness[edit]

Collins' plot was constructed in a clear and masterful fashion, for one who was supposed to be under the influence of drugs. However, the weak place in the amazing plot was Godfrey's third version of the story he told to Mr. Luker. This is Part IV of Sergeant Cuff's narrative toward the end of the book.Lestrade 14:25, 3 February 2006 (UTC)Lestrade

Hindoo / Hindu[edit]

I changed "Hindoos [sic]" to "Hindus". The "sic" made it look like the article was criticising Collins for using what was, at the time, a perfectly normal spelling. Since the word was being used just to talk about the characters, not in an actual quotation from the novel, I don't see why not just change it to the modern spelling. 12:23, 6 June 2006 (UTC)

I changed "idol" to "image" for the same reason and had it reverted by a zealous guardian of the the page. It is extremely offensive today and it does not appear in a quotation but in a summary. To my mind, it is indefensible. This is in no way a criticism of the author, to whom it will have been normal usage. 16th and 17th century authors invariably use terms like "Papist" where we would automatically substitute "Catholic": there is no excuse for perpetuating pejorative and insulting terms except in quotations. I'm not going to get into an edit war, but I know what my Hindu friends would think about the issue, and so I suspect does the person who insists on "idol." Sjwells53 (talk) 00:45, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

Preceded / followed by?[edit]

I am a bit puzzled by the entries "Preceded by" and "Followed by" in the info box. As far as I understand, The Moonstone is not a part of a series. I suppose the books mentioned are those published by Wilkie Collins, before and after The Moonstone - but is that information of so big value it should be in the box? I suggest the entries are removed. // habj 11:51, 25 November 2006 (UTC)

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In Wikpedia articles about Allan Poe and about detective-ficion, Poe's "The murders in the rue Morge" is credited as being the first detective novel in English, not Collins.

Perhaps the present article means the first detective novel in England instead of "in English"? Could you please clarify this issue? --Djacnov (talk) 12:37, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

"The murders in the rue Morgue" is not a novel. N p holmes (talk) 11:48, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

In the service of British imperialism[edit]

India serves as a great example of how literature and language can be exploited and created for furthering Illuminati interests. Wilkie Collins of the Illuminati Collins bloodline started publishing imaginary tales of Muslim atrocities against Hindus and temple trashing by Muslim rulers in his famous novel, the Moonstone.

The source of the quote can be looked up on Google. Is this a perspective which someone we could quote has raised? __meco (talk) 19:47, 9 April 2010 (UTC)

Sounds like conspiracy theory bullshit.

Missing Word?[edit]

I think, in the plot summary, the wording should be " .. and who [Dr Candy] wanted HIM [Franklin Blake] to sleep more easily due to quitting smoking." Without the word 'him', it is the doctor who has insomnia. Or, I would suggest " .. and to overcome his insomnia, related to his giving up cigars", both 'his and 'him' meaning Franklin. I haven't read the book for years, but I think it means this.

Rogersansom (talk)