Daphne falls hard and fast for the beautiful ellen, and swiftly idealizes her, eventually using her as inspiration for her first play, Marrying browning was, perhaps, du maurier’s way of escaping the confusion of these relationships. Like rebecca, the world is full of powerful, malignant forces. That problem was much easier for alfred hitchcock to solve in his 1940 movie, with laurence olivier as maxim and joan fontaine as the wife. If the wife is stronger than she appears, maxim de winter is much weaker. Browning, ten years her senior, now became both father and lover, though their marriage was never easy, and he had been besotted by his former fiancee, jane ricardo, who became, in daphne’s mind, maxim de winter’s beautiful first wife rebecca. Guiltily reading through these letters in their strong and confident hand, which seemed to eclipse her own unimpressive spidery scrawl, daphne became consumed by jealousy.
Du maurier bisexual. But she feels inadequate in her new role and fears that her aloof, withdrawn husband is still in love with his first wife, rebecca, whose glamorous, bewitching presence pervades the house. This website and associated newspapers adhere to the independent press standards organisation’s editors’ code of practice. Another interpretation is that max’s relationship with his much younger second wife is symbolic of incest. But mcguinness’s interest in the book began a long time ago. She hated her,” said bunny austin, “calling her ‘that bloody bitch’.
But daphne always believed that there were “deep ambiguities” in her father’s sexuality, and that his attitude towards her was oddly homoerotic. Just a moment while we sign you in to your goodreads account. Soon afterwards, du maurier received a phone call from a woman who told her that she and browning were in love, and that his breakdown had been triggered by the stress of concealing the affair.